One Big Pet Peeve – Pun Intended!
I do not support the agenda of PETA. I do not believe it’s morally wrong to eat meat. I believe animal sacrifice was actually a God-ordained command under the Bible’s previously given, but now replaced, laws. I do not believe that an animal’s life is of equal value to a person’s. I do not believe a pet is its owner’s child, nor do I believe that the owner is the pet’s parent. But I still have one big pet-peeve that irks me when it comes to people and pets and responsibility – that’s people who drop off animals, whether young or old, at other people’s houses because they are too irresponsible to take care of them.
I’m the former owner of one cat. I say former because now I have two cats.
The first cat is approximately 13 years old. We have her because someone picked her up as a kitten on the side of the road and brought her to worship services one night. Considering her age, the rest of the story should be somewhat obvious.
The new cat is approximately 2 to 3 months old. We have him because someone dropped him off along the road in front of our house. Considering his age (and the last sentence of the first paragraph), the attitude that led to his arrival should be somewhat obvious.
Our old cat is about as happy with the situation as I am (she’s super friendly to people but she has a zero-tolerance attitude toward other animals). But, like me, she’s going to have to learn to deal with it. After all, she owes her current home to similar circumstances. But that doesn’t mean, again like me, that she has no right to be aggravated (I guess I do believe in animal rights after all).
Now some may be wondering why a post like this would be using a blog that’s spiritual in nature. The reason is, because to one extent or another, the Bible teaches that we have a God-given responsibility when it comes to animal ownership and properly valuing the life it has been given:
- “A righteous man regards the life of his animal, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.” (Proverbs 12:10)
- “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.” (Matthew 10:29)
- “For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.” (Psalm 50:10)
Animal abuse is wrong. And in this case, dropping off an animal that has no way of fending or providing for itself is animal abuse.
I’m no Bob Barker, but if you’re too irresponsible to take care of the kittens and puppies that your animal will have, then quit abusing your animals and get your pet spayed or neutered.
“Then God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” And he said, “It is right for me to be angry, even to death!” But the Lord said, “You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left—and much livestock?”” (Jonah 4:9-10)