They don't speak our language. They have communication issues. They are mostly subservient to 'man'. They live close to the ground, or high in trees. They go about their business ... the business of life... without regard to politics or weather or technology.
They are the animals of the world.
Why do we act as if they are mindless or blind or stupid? Why do we humans insist on our dominance?
It's primarily, IMBO <in my brazen opinion, why be humble?>, because we buy into the religious teachings of various groups who say we are here to control the world.
We are here to be together, with animals and plants and each other. Too few of us pay attention to the wisdom of animals - those creatures who teach us what true love is, what it means to defend family, why relaxing and enjoying the very air you breathe is better than watching TV - because we feel they are inferior.
Oh the power they hold that they do not wield. It's evident in their gaze, if you but take a moment to really look. It's evident in their actions, if you but watch. It's evident in their purpose, a purpose that may include us or may not. Their wisdom is in their simplicity. And therein lies the problem.