I think human life has more inherent value than animal life.
Due to our sentience, morals, and higher degree of intelligence, I think human beings should be held in higher esteem than animals do.
That does NOT mean I hate animals, and I CERTAINLY do not condone animal abuse. I grew up on a farm with more animals on it than I can count, and I still have a cat that I adore with all my heat. If I saw you neglecting or hurting an animal for no reason, I’d make sure you got your butt handed to you. Animals are amazing, interesting, cool, adorable, wonderful things that should be valued and cherished, but NOT considered on-level or superior to humans.
If a puppy was trapped in a burning building, I would do whatever I could to save it. However, if I had to choose between saving a puppy from a burning building and saving a human baby from a burning building, I would save the baby.
If I saw a lion out in the wild, not being a threat to anybody, I would not shoot it. However, if I saw a lion chasing somebody, clearly about to tear them to pieces, I would shoot the lion without a second thought.
If I found out a restaurant bought its meat from a farm that abuses and neglects the cows it butchers, I’d make sure to never eat there again. However, if I hear that a restaurant buys its meat from a farm that cares for, feeds, exercises, and in general makes life good and happy for the cows it butchers, I would continue eating there. Because that is what we domesticated cows for; to eat them and drink the milk they give.
Animals have value, but I do not think they have the same level of value as humans do.
Because of this, I am pro-life AND eat meat, and I do not consider myself a hypocrite.
You would “hand animal abusers their butt”, but only hand them your money.
Now that I have more time, let me elaborate why you are wrong and why in fact you are a hypocrite.
Let me start by saying, that it is in your instincts to save your species in extreme situations you have mentioned. We are social animals and feel compassion for each other. Just like herd of buffalo or other animal will protect each other, so will we.
To be honest, I don’t know what I would do if I were to encounter these situations, probably the same as you. But it’s not because I think lion or cat life is less valuable, it’s because either I’d be driven by instincts or spiecism is still rooted inside me and would prevail in extreme situation.
But lets step away from these every day scenarios of lions tearing people apart and focus on something that never happens: people killing billions of animals.
Now, because you “think human life has more inherent value than animal life” does not actually make animal life less valuable.
Just like racist thinks about color-people as someone of a lower class and not as valuable, it does not make it so. Even if the whole state or even country is 100% racist, it does not lower the importance of life for one individual.
Because it is all from a perspective you take. And not being able to look from the other perspective makes you homophobic, racist, sexists or spiecist. Being one of these means you generally only care about yourself and fail to see the world from the eyes of someone you cause pain.
Speicists are weird. Usually people who are racist, homophobic or sexist will admit it, at least to some degree. Spiecism somehow does not work that way.
People will lose their voice over shouting how they are against animal cruelty while they support it at the same time! You cannot end the cruelty unless you start seeing things from the perspective of the victim.
Hence, animals are living your nightmare, you are the cause of it and claim you would “hand animal abusers their butt”, but actually only hand them your money.