I agree with your comments about "rights". Unfortunately, we live in a world full of idiots, people without empathy, or feelings.
I do not support or agree with such organizations as PETA, and barely tolerate other groups.
I live among some groups that fully believe that animals are property. And if not for certain laws of the land, they would extend that to children also. I see child labor under slave like conditions on farms every year. Some stand behind the bible on such matters. And the cruelty to animals makes me sick. I'm not going to call out other groups. Lets just say they are out there.
But whether you feel you have the right to beat your children, or your animals every day, I think it's wrong. If you can not be sympathetic, you should not have them. And although some may feel differently, I think that 6 year olds do not need to be forced into the fields to work, and that cats and dogs should not exist as long as they can fight off mange or blindness, while fending for themselves in the driveway of an owner who could not care, and then says it's God will.
If there are any rewards in heaven, I hope there is a special place for those who care for, and protect animals. And I hope there is another place for those that would take advantage of an animals dependence of their owner, and those that abuse children for their own profit and gratification.
I can only imagine how bad it would be IF NOT for any laws already on the books. If you can not feed, take care of, or respect an animal in your care, you should not have it. (and I'm not extending those comments to the next rainbow trout I catch... :-D )
A few years back, we had a situation where someone actually skinned a dog alive. And no way will I suggest that this person had a right because he was the owner. Regardless of what I may feel about "animal cops", I think such people should be put away.