Animal rights activists would rather see animals go extinct than be subject to "torture" from humans again. "Torture" includes being eaten, pet on, touched, looked at, ridden, fed, or owned.
The Animal Rights Movement is insidious. It works on people who have little knowledge of agriculture or animals and it starts with things that most of us would agree with:
Something like: You don't want the animals that became your hamburger to be TORTURED do you?
No sane person wants any animal to be tortured, so people start worrying about the food they eat. What do you mean the cows aren't all frolicking on pastures 24/7 before giving up their lives for my hamburger or steak? Oh no! We must never eat steak again!
Ok, that's an over-simplification of what happens - but that's how these animal rights activists start winning people over. They make big, sweeping statements that on the surface you could agree with. But if you dig deeper, you find out that their definition of torture is vastly different than yours. And that some of the things they say are just completely wrong. But unfortunately we live in a world where many people are far removed from agriculture and many have never walked through a dairy or been to a ranch. And they buy the touchy-feeling stuff behind the ARA without understanding the realities.