Animal Farm

What is the connotation of comrades in animal farm?

"Now, comrades, what is the nature of this life of ours? Let us face it: our lives are miserable,
laborious, and short. We are born, we are given just so much food as will keep the breath in our
bodies, and those of us who are capable of it are forced to work to the last atom of our strength;
and the very instant that our usefulness has come to an end we are slaughtered with hideous
cruelty. No animal in England knows the meaning of happiness or leisure after he is a year old.
No animal in England is free. The life of an animal is misery and slavery: that is the plain truth.

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I think Old Major is referring to comrades with the subtext of all animals being equal. They are all "brothers and sisters" striving to overthrow their human oppressors.