souls of animals:
In view of the historic lack of charity, tolerance, and justice
regarding humans' treatment of other creatures, it is critical to
humanity's own salvation, collective and personal, to appreciate in all creatures their actual or potential
role as cousins to us and to Christ, and the fact that they are simply
less [or more: Orcas, etc.] intellectually developed, but with God-given souls -- of one capacity
& nature or another -- who are also capable of growth in grace
& ultimate salvation.
We as humans with better access to Christ's teachings have a major
responsibility to bring -- where possible -- that teaching to these
other of our relatives, as well as formal baptism instead of just baptism of desire, when the
situation 'of significant appreciation by them of that teaching' seems
to call for it.