We're so much more likely to feel sympathy for an animal than another person; thus, the best fiction uses animals to define truly humane behavior.
If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character, would you slow down? Or speed up?
I used to work as a volunteer in a hospice, but I don't have any nursing skills or cooking skills or anything, so I was what they call an escort. I would take people to the support groups every night, and I would have to sit sort of on the sidelines so I could take them back to hospice at the end of the meeting.
The answer is there is no answer.
John Ambrose Fleming
King George V