Has it ever occurred to you that the relationship between humans and other animals is that of the one between adults and children? We talk of maturation, but just how much maturing do non-humans do? For that matter, what about some humans, Donald Trump for example?
And non-humans recognize this relationship and when they can relate to us relate to us as they would to a parent. Just watch the videos showing raccoons and red foxes interacting with a human, and compare them with how horses and goats interact. It comes down to this, we are grownups, and that gives us responsibilities.