The unborn have virtually no
within the womb or the courtroom!
Copyright © 1989 Diane S. Dew
Whenever I read of the intense zeal of animal rights
advocates or legislation being passed on behalf of their cause, I cannot
help but sense something abnormal in their avid devotion to these lower life
In light of the lack of legislation protecting the unborn
child -- and inadequate laws regarding child abuse and neglect -- I can come
to only one conclusion: These zealots suffer from a severe case of misplaced
The Biblical Perspective
There is a balance. God cares for animals. He provides
daily for their needs. (Lk 12:24) "... not one of them is forgotten before
God." (Ps 147:9) "The righteous man cares for the life of his beast." (Prov
12:10) Thus, cruelty to animals is condemned by God. (Ezek 34:2, 3) When
Balaam "smote the ass with a staff," God rebuked him. (Num 22:23-33) If an
ox falls into a pit, we are to help it out. (Lk 14:5) We are to provide animals
the necessary food and drink (Gen 24:14), medical care (Ezek 34:4) and rest
However, animal rights activists generally fail to discern
between the value of human life and that of a beast: that "there is one kind
of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts ..." (1 Corin 15:39)
Scripture teaches that man is valued above beasts. (Heb
12:20; 2 Pet 2:12; Jude 10) "Ye are of more value than many sparrows." (Lk
12:7, Mat 6:26) God gave man dominion over animals (Gen 1:26, 28). They were
created for our pleasure (Rev 4:11); but we are not to exalt "the creature
more than the Creator." (Rom 1:25)
Fur, Leather & Ivory
Animal rights activists reacts with outrage to the wearing
of fur or leather. Nevertheless, it was God Himself who clothed Adam and
Eve with skins in the garden. (Gen 3:21) Throughout Scripture, animal skins
were used for cloth, wearing apparel (Lev 13:48; Heb 11:37; Ex 22:27), shoes
(Gen 14:23; Neh 1:7; Ezek 16:10; Mk 1:7), etc. John the Baptist wore camel's
hair and a leather girdle. (Mat 3:4; cp 2 Ki 1:8). Paul was a tanner .(Acts
It took many animal skins to make the 75-foot by 45-foot covering
for the tabernacle in the wilderness (Exodus 25:5; Numbers 4:8-14)!
Leather was also used in the construction of armor (1 Sam 17:4-7, 40, 49;
Judg 20:16; 2 Ki 3:25) and for containers, particularly for wine because
the skins would expand when the wine fermented (Gen 21:14-19; Judg 4:19;
Josh 9:4, 13; Lk 5:37, 38; Job 32:19). Solomon's throne was of ivory, from
the tusks of elephants. (I Ki 10;18).
Vegetarianism and Diet
Animal rights activists often condemn the eating of animal
flesh. However, animals eat men (1 Ki 13:24; Dan 6:27; 1 Tim 4:17; Am 5:19),
and they eat each other. Why shouldn't men eat animals? Jesus said it is
not what goes into, but what comes out of the mouth that defiles a man (Mk
7:15). The father of the prodigal, upon the return of his son, called for
a banquet and killed the fatted calf. (Lk 15:23, 27, 30). In the parable
of the marriage feast, the king bids: "my oxen and my fatlings are killed,
and all things are ready." (Mat 22:4) In these stories the father and king
both metaphorically refer to God the Father. Jesus would not have blundered
to utilize such a parallel if it reflected a position contrary to the teachings
David killed a bear (1 Sam 17:36); Paul killed a serpent
(Acts 28:3); and Jesus ate fish (Jn 21:10-13). He multiplied and then offered
the same to his disciples to eat (Mat 14:19).
In his writings St. Paul made it clear that dietary
injunctions for religious purposes, as a means of obtaining favor with God,
are obsolete. Food "commendeth us not to God." (1 Cor 8:8); those who
rely upon such legalism as a means of pleasing God, he said, are
"weak" in faith, not holier for it! (Rom 14:2, 3) They "depart from the faith
... [and] command to abstain from meats, which God hath created ... nothing
is to be refused if it be received with thanksgiving." (1 Tim 4:1-5)
Confinement and Training of Animals
Animal rights activists strongly oppose the caging of animals
in zoos or circuses. Since days of old, however, animals have been used,
even by Jesus, for transportation (Gen 24:64; Mat 21:2-7; 2 Ki 9:14-37),
mail delivery (Est 8:10), and agricultural purposes.
Bought and sold as possessions (Gen 47:17), they were also
used as a means of trade. There is nothing wrong with tying them up
(Mat 21:2; Ps 32:9), disciplining them with whips (Prov 26:3) or keeping
them confined to a cage (Jer 5:27). How else might one expect an ox to
pull a plow, except by use of a harness?
Scores of scriptures refer to Old Testament sacrifices which
required the slaying of beasts. (Lev 17:11) Indeed, "without the shedding
of blood there is no remission of sin." (Heb 9:22) Jacob's sacrifice
of fruit was rejected; his brother offered the firstborn of his flock, and
was accepted of God. (Gen 4:2, 3)
Laws protected animals long before any legislation was
passed regarding child abuse in this country. In the 1870s the situation
of an abused child was reported to several agencies, but none would help.
(National legislation at the time did not recognize a governmental responsibility
toward children.) Then a visitor, arguing that the girl could be considered
an "animal," convinced the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals to represent her in court. Soon many cities established Societies
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
Gross incongruities can still be seen. Pro-lifers objecting to the
slaughtering of innocent babies are arrested and receive exorbitant fines.
The media portray them as extremists of the worst breed. When animal
rights advocates don tree branches, throw deer meat at hunters, and place
themselves in the line of fire, they are depicted as compassionate and committed
lovers of life.
Since the mollusk and snail have been added to Wisconsin's list
of threatened and endangered species, accidentally stepping on one is punishable
by a $2,000 fine. According to a page-one story in The Milwaukee Journal
Jan 26, 1990, purposely injuring these little buggers can cost $5,000 and
nine months in prison!
Having a concern for animal welfare is honorable. But for
a society to provide better protection for animals than for those of its
"own kind" borders on idiocy.
Abortionists in this country
deliberately snuff out the life of the unborn, 4,000 per day, one every
20 seconds. We do not call them criminals, but "physicians." The
who steps on a snail loses his license yet the "doctor" who commits abortion,
and does it for a living, keeps his? The unborn have virtually no
defense -- within the womb or the courtroom!
Animal rights activists will go to great extremes to pursue their
goals, even at the expense of human welfare. For example. in a June 25, 1991
cover story on the northern spotted owl, Time magazine reported that
if environmental extremists have their way, hundreds of millions of
dollars in lost revenue an wages would occur as a result of mill closings
in the Northwest: 30,000 jobs over the next 10 years! Not such a wise
"Save our saplings," read one woman's sign as she picketed against
the timber industry. What would it take to get you dressed up like
a tree as she did? To protect the wise owl, they make fools of themselves.
They save the trees and kill their kids.
If it is wrong to wear fur or leather because these were once
part of a living organism, then neither should we eat vegetables, for
the same reason. Further, if there is no differentiation between human
and animal life, neither should there be between animals and insects (is
it wrong to kill a cockroach?), or plant life ... or viruses?
Serious questions arise. Shall man cease all efforts to develop a means
of destroying the AIDS virus, also a living organism, and obligate
rather, to ensuring the virus an environment conducive to its growth, and
help it thrive? One can easily see the irrational conclusions that must
be drawn from such a crooked line of thought.
"Animal rights"? Where in the Constitution do we read anything
of beasts? Animals lack the mentality ("Be not as the horse or mule,
which hath no understanding," Psa 32:9) to appreciate, or exercise,
"rights" as we know them. (They kill and rape each other all the time.)
Otherwise, why aren't they out there picketing?
Copyright © 1989 Diane S. Dew
My response to an animal rights