Do animals have a soul

I was taught that only man has a soul and that animals are different kinds of creatures, with no soul or feelings. I disagree entirely with this concept, because we were once so-called primitive; man is not detached from the other living creatures, but has evolved from them and, after all, the next life would be terribly boring without these other lovely creatures that have contributed to make our lives more pleasant. Knowing that chimpanzees, orang-utans and gorillas are extremely similar to us, our genes being almost identical, that these species are, in turn, very similar to others and that we all evolved from the same branch, why would God be so egotistical to have privileged only humans? Would chimpanzees, orang-utans and gorillas be in line to receiving a soul? Or have they already got one? Wouldn’t lovely common marmosets be touched by God’s hand at the same time? Another important question is that man was once a primitive creature, living in caves, hunting to survive, with no elaborate language, behaving as cannibals, killing each other and what’s more is that we were once not really human-looking, like we are nowadays. So I assume that those who believe that only man has a soul would be reluctant to believe that these non-human creatures would have had a soul. Thus, I ask: when exactly in evolution did man become human and consequently, receive a soul? Did this primitive creature have a soul back then? All creatures are formed by molecules arranged in a specific way, which make them look like a bush dog, a coati or a snake. The molecules that form my body today may, in the past, have belonged to a tree, to a bacterium, to a frog or to the litter in the forest. This breaks down the concept that humans are a kind of isolated and privileged creature, detached from the rest of the beings. The same molecules blessed in man that are worthy of a soul are the same molecules that once formed the body of the frog, or the coati, and these same molecules, when a man dies, will disarrange themselves again to form another matter. They were, nevertheless, blessed once though, and will still carry a little of God’s hand in it. Therefore, if a soul is to exist, I assume that it is a condition of any living thing, which is formed by blessed atoms and molecules, the principle and the end of beings, the alpha and the omega. To know more about the subject, about animal protection and respect, and also about life of large mammals and of a scientist in the jungle, read: AMAZONIA AND OTHER FORESTS OF BRAZIL, by Janus Publishing, London, found from www.amazon.com