We live in strange times. Consider if you would the extreme protection offered to the Bald and Golden Eagles. Even though both have been delisted under the Endangered Species Act, they will continue to be protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. This law, originally passed in 1940, provides for the protection of the bald eagle and the golden eagle (as amended in 1962) by prohibiting the taking, possession, sale, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import, of any bald or golden eagle, alive or dead, including any part, nest, or egg, unless allowed by permit (16 U.S.C. 668(a); 50 CFR 22).
Did you ever wonder what became of the left wing “intelligentsia” following the humiliating collapse of the Soviet Union and its Communist puppet states? Well, they are alive and well, and they are continuing to promote the Communist ideals of state control over resources. The only things that have changed are the terminology they use, and the names of the organizations they belong to. Roll over Marx and Lenin! Today’s trendy and leftist causes are animal rights and radical environmentalism – along with the Global warming scam.
Just how large and influential has the animal rights movement become? In the United States alone, it is estimated that there are over 7000 different animal rights advocacy groups. About 56 of these groups maintain fully staffed offices in Washington, D.C. to lobby and harass federal politicians. These offices employ over 700 people, and have a combined annual budget in excess of 219 million dollars. Some animal rights groups even employ professional fund-raising firms from New York and Los Angeles and spend over a million dollars annually on advertising alone. The largest North American animal rights group is People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (P.E.T.A.), which boasts a membership of over 350,000 people, an annual budget of over eight million dollars, and 65 full-time staff.
What is it about the animal rights movement that makes it so attractive to so many people? Most people “love” animals to varying degrees and hate the thought of them being treated with cruelty or violence. Animal rights groups are very aware of the public’s emotional attachment to animals, and they exploit this fully, using emotive visual imagery whenever possible. A favorite tactic is to orchestrate or stage media “events.”
It should be clear that as Christians, we can and should embrace the concept of animal welfare. In Genesis 2:15, God gave what was Adam’s first job and mankind’s first responsibility. This was to “tend and keep” the garden of Eden, and it included responsible stewardship of all the resources God placed in the garden, whether plant or animal. Clearly, man was not to make unethical use of, waste, or despoil God’s creation.
But God’s Word states that Man is superior to the animals
In the dominion mandate, God declares that man is to “rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” In other words, man is superior to the animals. Of all the life-forms God created, man alone was made in His image. Man is the crown of God’s creation: he is not merely one creature among many, but rather is distinct from the rest of creation. He has been placed in a position of rulership.
The animal rights movement is at war with the Creator and His order in creation; it seeks to overturn the dominion mandate and reduce man to the level of an animal. It will not succeed, for our Lord rules in the midst of His enemies. What must we do as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ?
• 1 John 5:21 “Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.”