Recall my argument says nothing about the suffering of animals being related to a wider evil. The conclusion I arrived at, viz. the OP's problems, is that the way our system works means that what we perceive as natural evil is really necessary, and required, for natural good; that is, the suffering of deer caught in a mudflow, while deplorable, is less deplorable than the lack of the Earth's existence prohibiting the existence of the deer in the first place. In other words: 1. The suffering of animals (and of people) due to natural causes is tragic. 2. This same suffering is not evil--unless you would rather we not exist in the first place?