Jesus spoke Aramaic, and the Old Testament was written in Hebrew and Aramaic. The New Testament was written in Greek. Both Testaments were translated to Latin and then to English. To be honest, I have never bothered to study Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek or Latin; however, from my formal studies of Italian and Spanish, I know that languages do not translate perfectly.
In order to determine Jesus’s intention, I look to the scholars. In Genesis 1:26, the Bible states that God gave humans “dominion over creatures.” Many Hebrew scholars believe the word “dominion” is a very poor translation of the original Hebrew word “v’yirdu” which actually meant “to rule over” as a wise king rules over his subjects with CARE and RESPECT. It implied a sense of RESPONSIBILITY and ENLIGHTENED STEWARDSHIP.
In addition, while I am referencing language, I don’t like the use of the word animal because it includes humans, and we all know from elementary school science class that humans are mammals, and mammals are animals. I believe we should use the terms “human being” and “nonhuman being” in order to differentiate between species.
(When you watch the documentary, Speciesism to Veganism, listed in the Resources section of this website, Animal Rights Activist Gary Yourofsky gives an excellent answer to the question about religion.)