Animal Cruelty – God Loves His Creatures

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Animals are used in today’s world for many reasons. As pets, food, laboring,supply of wool, product testing etc. The way we keep and treat animals is important to God as He loves them too. As stewards in this world, we have a responsibility to ensure that we are not guilty of animal cruelty. 

Unfortunately as humanity’s consumerism and wastage increases, so do the cultural rules change for animal treatment. 

Before I go any further, I am not a zealot (lol), I am not a vegetarian. But with today’s media access freely available, I have become more aware of how our society treats animals for commercial gain. How they have taken Gods words and twisted it for personal advancement. 

Genesis 1:28

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Genesis 9:2

The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered.

 

God created everything in this world for His pleasure and also for ours. He loved us that much that He gave us beautiful scenery, plants and trees, and also animals. Even though we may get busy with our lives they are always present. Even if don’t take the time to appreciate what is around us, it is always there for us to enjoy.

 

Our Food

 Isaiah 32:20

Happy are you who sow beside all waters, who let the feet of the ox and the donkey range free.

Most of the animals that are used for our food sources are not treated well at all. They live lives crammed in or caged up. Poultry, Cattle, Pigs even Fish etc. They are not given room to move around or be in the sun. They are not given the opportunity to experience any form of natural habitat. There is far more to this particular subject that is way to distressing and graphic for this family website. If you are interested just have a look on the internet for more information.

Thankfully we are slowly changing in a positive way. As consumers are becoming more aware of animal treatment, so are companies having to re-evaluate their own business practices. But this is a slow process. Hopefully as more people become aware, more people will change their consumer habits.

Proverbs 12:10

Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.

Proverbs 27:23

Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds,

 

Product Testing

Animals are used widely within  brands across the world to test products for human use. Most of us have seen the images on social. Do you think that God would be satisfied with the way that these animals are treated. These animals are not only poked and prodded all of their lives, most of them never get out of their cages and never even see the sunlight. All of this so you can have your moisturizing cream or your hair dye.

A scientific way has even been developed to safely eliminate animal testing completely on all products including in the medical arena. Yet animal testing is still a preferred option for many companies.

You can find out on the internet whether the products that you are using are tested on animals or not. You will find that most big named products still practice this behavior. You do not have to sacrifice quality to purchase products not tested on animals.

 

God Remembers All Animals and So Should We

Luke 12:6

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.

Treating Animals Fairly

Deuteronomy 25:4

“You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain.

In Jewish law this applies to all animals not just ox. Preventing an animal from eating while it is working, even by the act of yelling at it is punishable.

Cruelty Towards Animals

Numbers 22:32

And the angel of the Lord said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out to oppose you because your way is perverse before me.

 

 

 

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