How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” (Matthew 12:12 NIV)
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (Matthew 6:26 NIV)
Jesus clearly valued animals--he values all that he created.
His work on the cross will not only redeem humanity--it will redeem all of creation. He'll create a new heaven and a new EARTH (Rev 21-22). So Jesus values all of his creation including animals.
However, I think it is also clear that Jesus values humanity over all the rest of his creation.
Of course, the irony is that we are least deserving of his value and love. But then isn't that his point?
Grace is getting what you don't deserve.
Mercy is not getting what you do deserve.
He's given us his incredible grace and mercy. That's the point of the cross. That's what God's love looks like.