Good question. We have performed test and are able to tell that many animals are self aware and have emotional similarities to humans (apes and elephants are the first ones that come to mind, there are some great videos online to see this stuff). I personally would take that into account. I also think more rare animals should have more protections. I do have a problem with people killing animals for the fun of it. I also have an issue with the brutal treatment of animals before we kill them for food, like cutting out their teeth. Those practices are common and cruel. And they are driven by $$. I don't really have an issue with people eating animals. I personally stay away from meat most of the time (I'm mostly a pescetarian) especially pig and beef because of the common cruelty and the effect it has on the environment.
edit: Animal rights hasn't been a big issue in society and I think it's becoming more so. I think there is going to be a lot of movement in peoples opinions of what is morally right and wrong in regards to animals over the next 30 years.
Anecdotal but our small business has benefited greatly from ACA. The last two years our rates have actually gone down instead of 18%+ increases we were getting every year. So it seems to have really helped our small business despite my insurance agents warning us before it started that it was going to be horrible for us and that our rates were going to skyrocket. My policy is now better and cheaper.
I suggest Charlotte. Not having the a ton of money your likely to have more here, it's an easier move and it's not too far from home. CPCC is one of the better community colleges in the country. Your single, 21, no kids, not much stuff...now is the time to move.