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My pets mean a lot to me, and I hate to see people neglect animals or treat them cruelly. Does the Bible say anything about how we should treat animals? God made them also, didn't He?


Yes, God made everything that lives on the earth — including the animals. In the beginning, the Bible says, “God said, ‘Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals….’ And it was so” (Genesis 1:24).

And yes, the Bible commands us to take care of the animals under our care. One of the signs of a righteous man, the Bible says, is that he takes care of his animals (see Proverbs 12:10). Even the animal of an enemy was to be treated kindly: “If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to take it back to him” (Exodus 23:4). One reason God commanded His people to rest one day out of seven was so their animals would be refreshed (see Exodus 23:12).

In fact, the Bible says we must never treat any part of God’s creation with contempt. When we do, we are indirectly treating our Creator with contempt. Instead, God calls us to be stewards or trustees of His creation, and the Bible reminds us that we are responsible to Him for the way we treat it. We’ve often forgotten this — but it’s still true, and when we ignore it we not only hurt God’s creation but we also hurt ourselves.

Most of all, however, God calls us to put Him first in our lives. He loves us, and our greatest calling is to respond to His love by opening our hearts and lives to His Son, Jesus Christ.

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  1. Suzanne Salmon says:

    I believe that I have a calling om my life and that is to speak up for thos who can’t speak for them selves. We as humans have superior brains and are suppose to look after God’s creation. Treat animals like God would have done!

  2. Linda says:

    The pastor at a little church we just started going to has twice said (at two different services) that anyone that treats their pets like family is sick in the head. He said he loves animals and eats them all the time. It hurt my heart and it offended me. I’m 62 and the last little dog I had (died almost 3 years ago) lived right at 20 years. I had her call me “Mama.” She said mama, daddy, Bill….and many words. She could be clearly understood. When she was dying, I held her in my arms all that day. She called out, “Mama!” three times before she died. She really had human understanding!