“A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal…” There are many lessons to pick from the Bible and animal welfare is one them. I have heard people argue that we have been given power over all animals on earth and even go ahead to quote the particular scripture from the Bible, and in so doing try and justify their acts of cruelty towards animals. They forget that God put disclaimers as well and the above verse emphasizes on the attributes of a righteous man, anyone who is cruel to animals is therefore a wicked man.
God is also a conservationist, when he was destroying the evil in the world through floods, He ordered Noah to have a male and female species of each and every animal species on the ark. I don’t know about you, but I tend to believe Noah was the first activist who employed a rescue operation in order to save endangered species, I also believe he was a veterinarian.
Below are a few verses that speak about animal welfare.
- “If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying helpless under its load, you shall refrain from leaving it to him, you shall surely release it with him.” Exodus 23:5
- “If you happen to come upon a bird’s nest along the way, in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs, and the mother sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother with the young;-Deuteronomy 22:6
- Know well the condition of your flocks, And pay attention to your herds; – Proverbs 27:23
- Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs And carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes. Isaiah 40:11
- “but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. Exodus 20:10
And those are some of the lessons from my Sunday School classes.