by Tim Hall
Animal rights activists show the absurd nature of their views.
Whether you support his political views or not, you’ve got to admit that President Barack Obama possesses dead-eye aim. In an interview with CNBC this past Tuesday, the President was bothered by a pesky fly. Attempts to shoo it were unsuccessful, so Obama waited for it to settle on the back of his hand. Using quick reflexes he smacked the fly and it landed dead on the carpet nearby.
A person didn’t have to be clairvoyant to predict that the episode would land on YouTube. Also predictable to anyone familiar with the times was the reaction of PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
“We support compassion even for the most curious, smallest and least sympathetic animals,” PETA spokesman Bruce Friedrich said Wednesday.”We believe that people, where they can be compassionate, should be, for all animals.”/1 Even a fly deserves compassion, according to this group.
God’s word teaches that animals deserve due consideration. “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain,” reads Deuteronomy 25:4 (NKJV). Though a farmer could realize more profit by preventing this laboring beast from eating the grain, such greedy actions would violate God’s law.
Jesus also endorsed considerate treatment of animals. When charged with violating the Sabbath laws by healing a man of dropsy, the Lord responded: “Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” (Luke 14:5). Waiting until the next day to rescue the poor animal would prolong its suffering.
There is a vast difference, however, between treating animals with consideration and treating them as if they were equal with people. God declared to Adam and Eve his intentions for animals: “… have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1:28).
Animals help to supply the needs of people, whether it be for labor, food or clothing.
To further declare this view of the place of animals, “… the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them” (Genesis 3:21). The fig leaves the first couple had used to make coverings for themselves (Genesis 3:7) simply were not adequate. To provide durability, comfort and warmth God exercised his dominion over mammals for their benefit.
Cruelty to animals should trouble anyone. Swatting a fly or a mosquito, however, hardly qualifies for this label. We suspect PETA will eventually turn its attention to ethical treatment of plants, germs and viruses. After all, they’re living creatures, too.