We are hearing much about ethical treatment of animals. What does the Bible
teach about so called 'animal rights?'”
Answer: Some of the laws of the Old Testament prohibit
cruelty to animals. This reflected in some of the laws of the Old Testament.
(Exodus 23:19; Deuteronomy 22:6). God provides for the animals and is aware of
their deaths (Psalm 104; Matthew ;
; Luke 12:6, 24). However, the key thing is that God
considers humans to be of much greater value than the animals. This is stated
explicitly by our Lord (Matthew ;
Luke 12:7), and it is implied in humans' being made in the image of God
(Genesis , 27). By means of the sacrificial system of the Old
Testament, his giving them for human consumption (Genesis 9:1-7), and his own
providing of clothing from animal skins for the first pair (Genesis ), God demonstrated that the animals are given to
humans for their use. Animals are not humans and may be sacrificed in medical
research and providing for human needs.