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I think it is egotistical to think they are interested in us for our own sake.
Some humans do care about birds, canines and plants. Lots of humans eat them, too. Some humans even eat the birds, plants and animals that they have cared for. (And eaten other humans when the going gets rough enough) And our "interest" in other lifeforms almost always leads to us dissecting some of those lifeforms and subjecting them to sometimes painful experimentation.
There seems to me to be very little correlation between intelligence and non-violence. Not that you cant be both intelligent and non-violent, but the rise in intelligence required to facilitate space travel does not seem to require a corresponding rise in compassion. Look at us.
What seems to drive violent behaviour in the life forms we can observe, here on Earth, including us, is WANT or lack of. Once resources become scarce, all bets are off, and the more intelligent a hungry creature is the more dangerous. So, if our Alien visitors are here because they have utterly mastered energy and food production and they are just out on pleasure trips, that would bode well for us. If they come because they have squandered their own resources, and trashed their home planet, and they are scouting for a new one, we are probably in trouble.