Animal Rights, Animal Welfare, and Religion?

religion effect on animals
Sarah Hubbart, Animal Agriculture Alliance, comments on the trend of animal-focused ministries and how they might be used by organizations like the Humane Society of the United States to create animal rights as a social or religious movement.
As a pet lover, I understand the draw of these sorts of events. Animals play a very special role in our lives and we owe it to them to be good caretakers. But are there more far-reaching implications to this trend than just celebrating the special bond that many of us have with our furry friends?
Sarah suggests that "this does seem to illustrate yet another way that negative perceptions about agriculture can make their way into society."