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What does the Bible say about animal abuse?

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… like hitting and hurting animals for no reason like cats or dogs. I have to do a research paper and this site helped me a lot last time I asked a question

I am not going to write your essay for you. However here are a few verses to think about.

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

“have dominion over” does not mean “abuse”, but implies that humankind should exercise responsible management.

Proverbs 12:10 Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.


Jonah 4:10-11 And the LORD said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. (11) And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”


1 Corinthians 9:9-10 For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned? (10) Does he not speak entirely for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop.

Well, yes, God does care for oxen even though he has a greater care for us.

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