Anyone who is under the bodily concept of life is no better than animal. If we say frankly, everyone is in the bodily concept of life. Therefore the modern civilization is animal civilization. It is not human civilization. Human civilization will begin when one will understand that “I am not this body; I am spirit soul.” Aham brahmasmi. And so long one is under the bodily concept of life, it is the civilization of cats and dogs.
Srila Prabhupada. Lecture, 29 Nov 1972