God has given his full power & freedom to human. Also he had provided human a good mind so that he can think, plan things & can execute therm. You know only human can sow & cutivate things, can develop forests which are meant for living creatures. Though animals help in keeping natural balance by their own way like they give good natural fertilizer. They remove decaying bodies & so many ways but even then they can do only things provided by god they can't plan new things & execute them. So it's our responsibility to help animals in performing their duties. By doing so we actually help God as he wanted these natural duties to be performed therefore I say that loving animal means loving God.