but it is society talking. If society said the dogs and cats were only good for dinner (like some society) but rats were the best pets ever, you would think completely different.
Here is a more realistic analogy. Society teaches Hindu's that the most sacred animal in the world is the cow, yet north america slaughters them by the thousands. Its all on how you were raised, and the beliefs you were taught, and the things you saw on a daily basis. You may not want to think it, but who you are, and what you think, and the things you justify, have been almost completely influenced by the society you grew up in.
And yes, I have a dog, and I love her very much. But thats because I didnt grow up in china where they eat them for dinner.