Animal rights and wrongs
Friday, March 17, 2006
Putting animals in their place

Recently, an animal rights activist stunned members of the U.S. Senate when he called for the murder of those conducting medical research. The member of the Animal Liberation Front said killing medical researchers is "morally justified" to save laboratory animals, which are treated like slaves and concentration camp victims.

Most animal-righters regard humans as lower than animals. The PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) website states it is acceptable to use "defective" or dying humans in scientific tests as opposed to testing things on healthy animals.

The Bible is clear that man is made in God's image and is granted dominion (control) over Earth and the animals. And because the Earth is God's, our control is limited to the role of good stewardship: managing, but not exploiting, another's property. Man is of a higher order than animals. Jesus said, "You are of more value than many sparrows "[Luke 12:7]. He demonstrated this when He expelled demons from the men they possessed and sent them into a herd of swine. Since the act caused the pigs to leap to their deaths, I wonder if PETA would have screamed for the murder of Jesus. Oh, wait--that already happened.

As Christians, we must make decisions regarding the care of Earth and its environment out of concern for God's property [1 Corinthians 10:26], but also with the understanding that Creation was given to us to meet our needs [Genesis 1:26—28]. Elevating animals to a degree above mankind is a satanic perversion of the truth: "They gave up the truth about God for a lie, and they worshiped God's creation instead of God." [Romans 1:25 (Contemporary English Version)]
posted by K. Geffert | 9:33 PM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you really think it's ok to treat ANY living thing without respect? we can't just do whatever we want to animals, it isn't right and you know it.

10:57 AM, April 05, 2006  
Blogger beautifuldoglover said...

when it says "thou shalt not kill" in the ten commandments, does it say only humans? wouldn't the needless slaughter of any part of God's creation be detestible to Him? just a thought.

8:49 PM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous RML said...

Animals have feelings, they suffer pain, fear, hunger, distress like us and they are at our mercy, just as babes are. Have you ever had a pet (a cat, bird, horse,a piglet,a little chicken, monkey etc)?. They have affection for you when you raise them and care for them. The terrible squeals of the pig being murdered for its flesh, the little bleat of the lamb being slaughtered wounds my heart. Alas, man is still an animal and having to kill to find food and to torture animals to find remedies for his ills - May we be redeemed from this evil world without love and compassion.May the day come when the lion will lay down with the lamb!!!!

4:00 PM, April 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am Christian and GOD ordered us to PROTECT his ANIMALS ,and living beings as well. Stop nit-picking with the issues at hand. THE BOTTOM LINE: that there are walking, talking souless demons sadistically killing animals. See HBO's DEALING DOGS. A demon shot a cocker spaniel puppy 2xs in the head then laughed. and you want to nit pick PETA and the other organizations? DEAL WITH THE BOTTOM LINE FACTS!!The head "killer" was a former pastor of the Church of God. SICK. BE PART OF THE SOLUTION...I did!

10:39 PM, April 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Priorities are out of whack any more..the day will come when right will be seen as wrong and wrong as right. It is close approaching and it is seen daily. Thank you for the truth in scripture and bringing things back into perspective.

11:15 AM, April 23, 2006  
Blogger udontknowboutgangster said...

hello i dont see why you are so gay because girls are very nice to be with. on the matter of animal rights i think it is wrong to kill animals for no reason (good reason) and we shouldnt cause any discomfort to animals for our entertainment i dont have a gay quote from the bible u geeks.

2:07 PM, April 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is utter rubbish! stop bad mouthing peta! they deal with the far extreme cases daily and we shouldnt use what they fiight for as general things to make comments form! i am a VERY strong christian and also an animal lover and veggie and would think that god would be so hurt if he knew we were killing and hurting his creations! they are his creations just like you and me are! by hurting them you are hurting god!

1:26 PM, May 02, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you knew and saw how the animals were treatd for yourself, I doubt you would think that

6:17 PM, May 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love my dog and he loves me and he is a wonderful part of my family. He never judges me like people do.I think he leaves that to God. I know God loves me. I love God more than my dog and I thank him everyday for the small blessing of my pet.I don't know if God will let him into Heaven or not, but I hope so. Pearly gates and streets of gold would be much more beautiful if he could be there to.I don't know , but I sure hope so. God be praised.

12:42 AM, May 18, 2006  
Blogger maria said...

Although some animal rights activists can use extreme wording, such as suggesting the deaths of those that use or advocate animal testing, it does not give liscense to bludgeon their beliefs.

I recall God giving permission to eat animals, which would indeed be killing them, after Adam and Eve were thrust from the Garden of Eden. Why did he tell them to eat animals? Because there wouldn't be much else for them (who were originally fruitarians) to eat out in the big bad world where they must cultivate for the first time their own food products.

In this day and age where humankind does not require animal products for survival, it makes little sense that we would slaughter in usually painful, frightening and disrespectful manners, animals for human consumption. Also, if the large amount of land used to provide sustainance to beef cattle and other livestock was used unstead to grow food products for people, there would be no one in the world going to sleep hungry at night.

So with those thoughts in mind, think about the possibilty that it may no longer be eithical to Christian to slaughter animals for food.

11:16 PM, May 30, 2006  
Blogger Fiery Knight said...

Ms. Geffert,

What I've read of the articles here, so far, make it apparent that it is well based on a Biblical Worldview.

I am currently developing a 2-D Community RPG gamesite, that is Biblically based, and seeks to teach a Christian worldview.

Following the establishment of that site, we are looking at developing two 3-D sites. I noticed you are developing a Christ-centered 3-D site. I'm very excited for you, and would like to hear more about it.

Please let me know how it's going, if you would, on your site. My email is

Dan L., M.A.

9:13 PM, June 10, 2006  
Blogger Fiery Knight said...

um, wow. :)

This is my first time on blogger :)

I was able to read the posts here, after I posted. It makes it apparent how Important reaching out to the lost, and Christians who are not deeply set in a Biblical Worldview, is in today's society.

I pray that God will bless you, as you continue to stand on the battlefront of His Truth.

In His Service,

Fiery (Dan)

9:22 PM, June 10, 2006  
Anonymous Nimela said...

It is true that God gave permission to eat the animals of the earth.
It is also true that God gave men the right to 'rule' the earth, to have control, or manage the things here on earth. And that gives man a responsibility.
I think it is ok to kill animals for food or for other necesities, even though we could choose the vegetarian alternative.
But like any good manager knows, he has to be responsible in what he does, so killing animals for fun, playing the role of God in deciding who lives and who dies in unnecesary experiments (so I can get unnecesary plastic surgery, implants or who knows what else..) , in my opinion, is just wrong.
I don't think that if God allowed us to kill animals for food, he also meant torturing them or making sick experiments on them.
We are all God's creations, so we all deserve respect. We should respect ourselves, animals, even plants.... nature.

Take care!

7:46 AM, June 19, 2006  
Anonymous Predikuesi said...

God created animals without a spirit, therefore killing animals is not the same as murder, which the commanments prohibits.

3:22 AM, June 27, 2006  
Anonymous Hagios said...

God created animals without a spirit? LOL. Which Scriptures are YOU reading? The Hebrew word Nephesh means soul or spirit. The animal's spirit is different from that of a human, but it is still spirit. Ritual slaughter was permitted for sacrifice to the LORD and slaughter of meat for consumption was permitted, but indiscriminate killing of animals violate the Dominion Mandate (Gen 1:26). By inference, man's dominion must reflect that of God, that is it must be righteous and just.

3:02 PM, June 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was amazed that so many comments were made about animals being mistreated. I'm by no means an advocate of animal cruelty, but this just shows how much humans have become more like an animal themselves with no feelings toward humanity. Abortiontionist have killed millions of unborn children...where's the cry for justice? I would like to see what would happen if puppies were ripped from the body of a dog! People would no doubt cry out with loud protests (as they have done here against you when you mentioned the sacred organization PETA. Yes we should protect all God's creatures, but nebver above human life, we have souls, reasoning abilities, animals do not. That's why the Bible states to be kind to dumb animals. People need to care more about thier fellow man and the rights of unborn children, rather than if an animal is being mistreated (and as stated earlier I don't agree with animal cruelty)in America our priorities are becoming inhumane.

2:01 AM, July 30, 2006  
Anonymous Brandon Moore said...

How about keeping things in context of right and wrong according to God's word?

God made it clear that we have dominion of animals and He made it clear that we are more valuable than they. Not to mention that christ died for us, but what has he done for the animals? In Genesis he skinned animals to make clothing for Adam and Eve. God was certainly capable of using other materials, but he didn't.

However, I agree that there is something not right about, for example, someone who harms animals for sport. But what is it that isn't right? What scripture can you recite before God in the animals defence? Good luck with that one. More importantly though, that person who harms animals for fun has issues in his heart that need to be dealt with and he needs prayer for his own healing. That's the part people like PETA neglect to consider (not bashing them, just stating a fact).

We really are more valuable then the animals, but do you guys really believe that? By your comments it sure doesn't look like it though you claim to be christians.

10:33 PM, August 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope we can bring some awareness to the responsibility we have over the animals. In our town it is against the law for cats to roam free and traps are set to capture any kind of wild animal that may dare enter the city limits of our community. Animals are given to man to love and enjoy not to exploit for our selfishness. What if kingdom will rise against kingdom includes animals!?

3:46 PM, September 02, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What many of us fail to realize is that so much of animal testing is completely unnecessary, is it really necessary to test mascara on animals? people should not even bother to wear mascara, they should accept the life and natural beauty givento them by God, rather than trying to selfishl accumulate more. Another concern is that humans and animals both have different genetic makeup, so how can testing on animals actually predict how it wil laffect a human. If anything, nimal testing leads toonly negative results for both humans and animals!

10:11 PM, November 27, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think that in the old testament, when there was sacriices for God, that that was ok, but today the killing of anything is pointless and cruel, since we no longer need to sacrifice, as stated by Jesus' prophecy in John 4.

10:18 AM, December 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a really interesting website, reading all the different opinions has really useful for my studies of the religious studies curiculum.

4:19 PM, January 15, 2007  
Anonymous BIRD OF PARIDISE said...

These PETA jerks are a shame they want to force their rediclous notion of animal rights on us all and the spend only 1 cent out of every dollar donated to them they would rather spend the other 99 cents on their propeganda and printing rotten stuff they aim at kids they run around in rediclous costumes and whine all about this bird flu which has not been noted in the USA frankly they should be shut down intierly. PETA is strictly for idiots and jerks

8:57 PM, February 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think it is absolutly disgusting to hurt animals. I am doing some reasearch for school on it and i am horrified with some of the results that I have found. It should be banned.

5:41 PM, March 28, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


4:21 PM, May 02, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

shut up you heartless bible bashers.god sucks.he's a murderer.murderer.murderer.yeh 'sacrifices and shit'my arse.its a lame excuse for murder. murderer.murderer.murderer.murderer.murderer.murderer.murderer.murderer.murderer.murderer.the end.

3:58 PM, June 13, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ooh. i have an idea.lets all test things on bible bashers, like they do to animals and see how they like it.sounds good to me.

4:01 PM, June 13, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

also, i like my puddy tat's ettie and emmette that we got from the animal cruelty rescue center. they are very nice and friendly.the end.

4:10 PM, June 13, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

plus i work there as a volenteer so there you go.and the amount of animals that we've seen come in and out of the rescue center is extreemly upsetting and the things they have been through is very hard to imagine that an human being would do that to an animal.

4:14 PM, June 13, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

did jesus provide us withan oppinion on animal crueltuy?

please just tell me im looking everywhere!!!!!! thankyou..

3:05 AM, October 15, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i understand that the majority of you are very strong christians. i am not a christian, but i am on this page for research of christian beleafs on animal testing.

i am also against testing on animals. mainly due to the fact that it is widley used for cosmetics. i feel strongly on the subject and i respect all of your views.

however i can see why scientists would use animals in their tests and i can see how it would be acceptable in some cases.

to conclude...
i think animal testing is cruel and unfair. everyones views on it can be different because people have different religions and different beleafs. it is hard for people to find the right answer to problems of animal rights and animal testing arguments.

everyones opinions are important.

thankyou for reading this comment.

10:31 AM, November 04, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do yoy actually think this is fair no living thing should be teated without respect!

i think it is shadey (crewl)

ps:antbody who thinks its right should suffer them selves!!!!!!!!!!

2:50 PM, November 25, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Human animals feel pain and nonhuman animals feel pain; therefore, the slaughter of a conscious human animal or nonhuman animal causes fear, pain, and suffering. Simply stated, it is murder and a violation of the commandment, "Thou shalt not kill".

12:13 AM, March 14, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. (Job 12:9-10 KJV)

1:09 AM, April 23, 2008  
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12:21 PM, November 11, 2008  
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12:28 PM, November 11, 2008  
Anonymous sd said...

im a christian but i dont give a fuck

12:35 PM, November 11, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry im only jokeing

12:41 PM, November 11, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

..... i really could go fora fat ass motherfuckin steak right about now :P wrapped in bacon brooo

9:17 AM, May 11, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im gunna go chop up a pig and eat its guts and then kill a sheep for a laugh and then do something else that will possible hurt an animal. If you lot are so sad about it go eat your self. WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO EAT ANIMALS. When you whine about " we dont need it for our diet wa wa wa boo hoo" well we do. Apart from tofu thats good. And sushi. Ok whatever. Im gunna go kill a cow.

6:53 AM, January 06, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God hath thou sharted on thou face. " i made these animals for you to eat! now go eaty. Hey, weve been doing it for a while now. I dont think some tribe man suddenly thought " we should look after animals and not eat dem" everyone would laugh. And im laughing at you. Ha.

6:56 AM, January 06, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont get why you gay lot read aload of shite like the bible and then go on a blog website and cry about it like spending 2 hours writing a passage like im doing. LIKE OMG G3t a l1fe N00b.

7:01 AM, January 06, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christians are a weird bunch. They go to church on Monday only to do wrong on Monday. They say they live by God's word but only obey men's law. They say stuff like "If it's not illegal I can do what I want!" and pretty much make God's will a joke. They gorge themselves on animals flesh and complain why they have heart disease and pray to God to save them. They adorn themselves with skins ripped of the bodies of live animal and call it a right. The say it's because God told them that they are the boss. They go to church which is nothing more then a social club. They have turned the house of God in to a house of corruption. They live their lives in spiritual darkness lack of compassion for living beings unless it's a human then they become grand standing givers! God is watching!

“I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he-goats. – When ye spread forth your hands, I will hide Mine eyes from you: Yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: FOR YOUR HANDS are full of BLOOD, and your mouths are defiled with flesh,”~So Sayeth the Lord God, Isaiah 1:15,66:3

"For I will stretch out My hand against the inhabitants of the land,” says the Lord.
“Because from the least of them even to the greatest of them,
Everyone is given to covetousness;
And from the prophet even to the priest, everyone deals falsely.

Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination?
No! They were not at all ashamed; nor did they know how to blush.
Therefore they shall fall among those who fall;
At the time I punish them, they shall be cast down.” Jeremiah 6:9-15

4:24 PM, January 26, 2010  
Blogger AF&H said...

I meant to say "Go to church on Sunday only to do wrong on Monday!

“He that killeth an Ox is as if slew a man,” -Isaiah 66:3

4:28 PM, January 26, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop killing animals!

5:51 AM, February 04, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Buddhism, killing a living being is always considered to be a sin as we have no right to take some other living creature's life.

6:09 AM, February 04, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

animals are subjected to extreme cruelty by scientists searching for a cure. the results may be defected- for example a drug that has no effect on animals may kill humans.
Animals used to test arthritis have fluid injected into their joints to simulate the effects of arthritis. Some animals are genetically modified so they grow tumours.
Is this loving and caring? If humans are more special than 'dumb beasts' shouldn't we make an effort to look after them?
Animals are also used in military testing-is this necessary?
How are humans superior to animals? Do animals pollute the earth, tear down forests or find ingenious new ways to kill eachother?
Christians should be working with others to protect His creatures. They were a gift to us.

I am not a Christian, and to those who bad mouthed Christians, stop being such dickheads. Everyone has a right to their own opinion. It is not up to you to dictate what others should believe.
And to Christians who badmouthed PETA, pamphlets are produced to raise awareness. Where does all the money from church donations go?

7:52 PM, April 28, 2010  

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