No, it's just that animals are easier for people to assign 'innocence' to
It 100% is mental gymnastics, but the fact of the matter is that you see humans you don't know getting fucked up, it's easier, preferable even, to just dismiss them as 'other' and go about your business. We see human suffering and can rationalize it as 'they were probably assholes/they shouldn't have been doing that'
You can't do that as easily with animals because they have even less control of themselves or their surroundings.
A human being can deserve an ass whupping, but an animal cannot consciously be a prick
Also, you are a faggot