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Is Cruelty To Animals Wrong

Does the bible have anything to say regarding cruelty to animals and are there any instances of people killing animals for pleasure?

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Yes the book of Proverbs speaks about cruelty to animals -- Proverbs 12:10 says "A righteous man regards the life of his animal, But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel". I personally have a strong conviction that God is the giver and taker of life and that applies to animals too. God made them and they should be loved.
---Helen_5378 on 1/26/08

Animal abusers don't belong in Eden [or on Isaiah's Holy Mountain]. Isaiah 66

---Reiter on 11/14/06

Donna, I stand corrected since I have not read every case study of every serial killer. What I have read it is the prevailing factor. If a child is already torturing animals he it usually too far gone for counseling and deliverance is the only option.
---randy on 5/28/06

I didn't know that ALL seriel killers started out that way, many did though. Taking pleasure in causing pain to animals certainly is a dangerous sign in anybody. A child who enjoys making animals suffer needs immediate conseling, maybe deliverance. Most normal kids love animals.
---Donna2277 on 5/28/06

It is kind of interesting that all serial killers started their careers by torturing animals. It is a very serious sign if a child in your home is torturing or killing for pleasure.
---randy on 5/28/06

#2 In defense of legitimate hunting, the hunters I know take pride in being able to kill so that he animal dies almost instantly. Anyone who cannot is considered unskilled. In the Rocky Mtns, where I was raised, deer and elk both, in overgrown herds suffer a "wasting disease" that is so far incurable. It is a slow death for them, or in their weakened state they are prey for mountain lions (who are seldom in danger of starving). Believe me, being killed by a lion is NOT is not a humane death!
---Donna2277 on 5/27/06

#1 Helen--Prov. 12:10 says "A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast.." The 2nd half, isn't clear to me.. It's talking about domestic working animals. I shudder at the cruelty to foxes that Alan of UK mentions. (There are "fox hunts" in the US but the hounds follow a bag of scent dragged along the ground) Some people here raise "exotic" animals for people to shoot and display on their walls. Disgusting!
---Donna2277 on 5/27/06

In the UK, grouse and pheasants are specially bred so that they can be hunted.
---alan_do8869_of_UK on 5/27/06

Donna 2277 --- Proverbs 12:10 sums it all in regards to cruelty to animals. The 2nd half of that Scripture I believe applies to anyone killing animals for "sport".
---Helen_5378 on 5/27/06

2. Whether pests or food, animals should always be killed as humanely as possible. I believe that anyone who kills any kind of life for the pleasure of seeing it drop dead is totally sick. Game birds are bred simply for the rich to shoot. People eagerly await the gaming season when they can do this and they dont even want the birds for food, it is just pleasure. Some animals have to be culled I know but this should not be done in a cruel way and not for the pleasure of killing.
---M.P. on 5/27/06

Thanks for the verse Helen. This question was prompted by the mention of fox-hunting in another blog. In U.K. foxes have, until very recently, been hunted by hounds. They were chased, dragged out of holes, ripped to shreds and their tails held high as a trophy. The hunters, who always dressed up in special gear for the occasion, declared it was necessary and the only way of controlling these pests. It was cruelty and a sick sport masquerading as a necessity.
---M.P. on 5/27/06

I don't know if the Bible has anything to say or not, but if I catch anybody harming an animal for sick pleasure or for cruelty, they better get to know God real quick like!!!
---T.S. on 5/27/06

Interesting question! Of course, I hope you understand that hunting wild game isn't the same as "cruelty to animals". In areas of the west, hunting is a sport, but for some, a source of food. It may also serve to "thin the herd" in cases where animals are so numerous they may have trouble surviving the winter. A hunter SHOULD, and most do, try to kill an animal so that they die quickly with minimal pain. That said, I'll be most interested in any applicable scriptures.
---Donna2277 on 5/26/06

It would take a sicko to purposely harm an innocent animal.
---NVBarbara on 5/26/06

Amen Helen!

I'd add that the practice of cruelty in any form changes you for the worst.
---Pharisee on 5/26/06

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