Saving Human Lives Only? Vegetarian Superheroes and Animal Rights

For almost 80 years, since the publication of ACTION COMICS #1 and the birth of the superhero genre, an idea has been put forward using the medium of comic books: it’s the idea of selflessly saving human lives with whatever abilities we have, extraordinary or ordinary. But is this an idea that works exclusively for members of our species? In other words, if we take a look at the altruistic superheroes from sequential art that many of us admire, what are their beliefs when it comes to helping animals? How does the medium deal with the idea of vegetarianism? What do vegetarian superheroes believe about our non-human friends?