Genesis 1:26 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”
We are created in the image of the almighty God. We are not animals because we have eternal souls and God gave us intelligence with a free will. God never gave those to the animals. Humans are the only ones who have the choice of whom they will serve. As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord.