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Needless Concern For Animals

Do you think there is an overly needless concern for the wild animals of the world? Is this concern biblically based?

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When God gave man "dominion" over earth's creature it was a stewardship,not a licence for wonton slaughter! Greed has caused the extinction of countless species. Each one of these beautiful (and some ugly) animals,fish and birds, was put here for our use and pleasure. I for one would like to keep it that way!
---1st_cliff on 3/31/07


I agree Alan, human life is more important. And for that matter, it's probably more in danger than animal life, sad to say. I also agree that sometimes they can be more pleasant to be around!:) Darlene, you're right as well. My dad used to live in a senior center where they had an atrium with a couple of live bunnies running around for the people to pet. They would also bring in a dog or cat occasionally from a local pet shop to visit for awhile. It seemed to do wonders for them
---Molly on 1/24/06


I have a Maine Coon cat (Knothead) who is a pleasure to me. He stays outside a lot, but loves to come in and play with us, or just snuggle up with us on the sofa.
When I was sick, he would stay close by and was a comfort to me.
That's one reason groups take animals to visit in nursing homes and children's wards in hospitals. Its said patient's blood pressures will get lower as they visit with the animals, they are a comfort.
---NVBarbara on 1/24/06


Sorry Molly you are right. I saw the long gap between the word "doubtful" and thought that he was then starting a new sentenc with "He even..."
I don't se why cats or dogs or any pets should not become special friends to us.
But sometimes people put animas above humans, and that I think is wrong. On the other hand, some animals are much mor epleasant and loyal than some humans!
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/24/06


Molly ,it's a proven fact animals can help soothe a person to the point of bringing blood pressure down. That is why there are now Therapy animals which are taken to the sick and old in hospitals and nursing homes. They help lift moods, and make people relax and feel happy.There are also dogs who are care givers to people.Alerting to heart attacks ,etc.,my son has sleep apnea,stops breathing,his dog-Black Lab retriever licks his face and makes him start breathing again. That all warrants loving back.
---Darlene_1 on 1/23/06




Alan, yes I did. And the FULL statement was (quote) "I'm doubtful He even meant any to be pets and live pampered lifestyles indoors. Regardless of whether we eat them or work them....." I'm not making a big deal out of it, I just disagreed. I am NOT doubtful that God meant some to be pets and live 'pampered' indoors, and also- whether we EAT them or WORK them? There's much more to animals than those two uses.
---Molly on 1/23/06


Molly ... did you read what MP said? This is part of it "He even meant any to be pets and live pampered lifestyles indoors"
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/23/06


I was a bit disturbed by MP's remark about pets. This may sound a bit goofy to all of you, but I battle depression/anxiety disorder. There have been times in the past when I was having a bad day, or week even, and I felt like my 3 dogs were the only friends I had. They were the only things that could make me smile during those times. Pets love you no matter what kind of mood you're in. I, for one, think animals, especially pets, are very much sent by God into our lives
---Molly on 1/23/06


Randy ..thank you for reading my blog! I said that to get some response, in case no-one else said anything first. I was a bit outrageous wasn't I? Actually I agree with what Cliff and MP say.
Did you really mean I was the last rational mind here? I do try to be rational and fair-minded ... but I am not the only one. Perhaps though, you meant "the least rational"?
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/23/06


Maybe people go to extremes trying to protect animals,but that's because of the wanton slaughter of many species. When humankind kills to be killing or greed there has to be some law for animal protection.Laws come through bringing attention to the problem. Face it folks,we kill off the animals and sooner or later it amounts to our own extinguishment, because everything has a reason for it's existance to keep a balance on earth. Besides cruelity is never acceptable against animals or people.
---Darlene_1 on 1/23/06




Melissa, I too am confused that those who proclaim to be pro-life are almost without exception pro-death penalty. Seems a little strange. And Alan I cant believe that you believe what you wrote. You are the last rational mind on this blog. Again, I will point out that God saw fit to save all his creations before the flood. We should show the same care.
---randy on 1/23/06


I believe that God gave animals for man's use. Some for food, some to work. I'm doubtful He even meant any to be pets and live pampered lifestyles indoors. Regardless of whether we eat them or work them I think we are supposed to respect the fact that they are living things and should not cause them unneccessary pain or stress or leave them hungry if they are in our care. Wild animals are meant to live as nature intended, some feeding on others. Anyone putting animals before people though has a problem.
---M.P. on 1/23/06


I do not dispute the need to treat animals kindly.What bothers me is that animals are receiving more attention than human beings.this is ridiculous.This obsession with animals is surely getting over the roof.For example, this week a stranded whale in Thames, London, practically brought the city to a standstill. I wonder and I doubt if a human being would ve attracted the same attention and compassion.
---pkay on 1/23/06


There is something in Genesis about having dominion over them animals. That means we can do what we like with them. It does not matter if we make species extinct.
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/23/06


God saw fit to have Noah save all the animals before the flood, and since God never changes, yes we should have an OVERLY NEEDLESS concern for animals.
---randy on 1/22/06


I think it's okay to be concerned with animals, but not to take it too far. My question to those who are all out full force on that issue: How do they feel about abortion? I have asked a few, and I wasn't surprised by their response: everyone I asked supported abortion!
---Melissa on 1/22/06


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