We do not know how to do real good to the people. Just in case of a diseased man. The doctor has ordered that he should starve. But if we go in the hospital and take sympathy with the starving patient, “Oh, you are starving for the last three days,” and give to him some food without the permission of the physician, that patient will suffer more disease and we are responsible for him. So one may think that “Oh, here is a starving man. I must give him some food.” But we are liable to be punished. So first of all one should learn how to do good to others. So that is described here : Tasyaiva hetoḥ prayateta kovido [SB 1.5.18]. To bring one to the knowledge of self-realization or original consciousness is real welfare activity. Otherwise it may be wrongly done and are liable to be punished. Besides that our thoughts are imperfect. Just like you try to give food to some living being, but other living being you send to the slaughterhouse. This is not considered. The philosophy that animal has no soul and are like dead matter,” is not the fact. The animals also have got soul and the human being also has soul. The ant has got also soul. When every living being has got soul, why are one inclined to do good to the human society and not to the animals? This is not real goodness or sympathy.
Ref >> Srila Prabhupada Vani.