Thank you for writing.
You are correct that we were given something that the other animals were not, and that was that we were created to be able to care for the rest of God's creation that He lovingly created and called very good.
However, when it comes to humans being created as living souls, we are not unique; we are the same as animals. God created us all as living souls (Hebrew: neh-fesh khah-yaw). Humans need to recognize this fact and treat the other animals with the same lovingkindness that we desire for ourselves.
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary