You know how most people don't want to kill other people? It isn't as if they don't want to get arrested and go to jail for murder; they really don't want to kill other people. Sure, they would consider killing someone if they needed to do so in order to protect themselves from a murderous attack by said person, but, even then -- they want to give said person every chance possible, to live. Some people don't even want to kill people who have shown that they are the exceptions to this -- people who have obviously murdered several people, and seem to like killing people. They want to keep such people out of their hair, in prison -- but they don't want to have to kill them or physically injure them either. Well -- I feel the same way about animals.
Now, this doesn't mean I want to live with animals. Generally the animals that people keep as companions -- they don't bathe unless you bath them. They have all kinds of inconsiderate manners. I don't want to live with that -- any more than I want to live with humans who don't bathe, or who act like animal. But I certainly don't want to kill any such animal unnecessarily. It just goes agains my grain. I don't want to hurt them either.
That is why I have a vegan diet, and live vegan.
Not because I have any special love for animals that goes beyond how I feel about humans. Most people confine this feeling to other humans, I simply extend my feelings in this regard, to other animals.