Ever seen a fish still half-alive while being consumed? Take a look at the video on this page.
What about eating monkey brain, baby rodent, boiling a turtle alive, or even consume human foetus in a bowl of soup?
This might disgust you but the fact remains that depravity in man can cause a man do the cruelest thing to another man, let alone an animal.
The scriptures documented accounts of inhuman treatment of man
Psalms 53:4: Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.
Psalms 27:2: When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
Micah 3:3: Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.
Jeremiah 19:9: And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness, wherewith their enemies, and they that seek their lives, shall straiten them.
Cannibalism is nothing new. Another heart rending incident is recorded in 2 Kings 6:25-29.
And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass’s head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove’s dung for five pieces of silver. And as the king of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king. And he said, If the LORD do not help thee, whence shall I help thee? out of the barnfloor, or out of the winepress? And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow. So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son.
Such events were already prophesied long ago warning the children of Israel on their impending punishment when they forsake Jehovah God who brought them out of Egypt according to Deuteronomy 28:54-57.
So that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children which he shall leave: So that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat: because he hath nothing left him in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee in all thy gates. The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter, And toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates.
Going vegetarian is not the answer.
Man has been commanded to eat meat after the flood.
And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. (Genesis 9:1-4)
While Jehovah God commanded animal sacrifice, He does care for the beasts and has given explicit commandment how not to mistreat or ill treat animals.
Exodus 23:19: The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.
Leviticus 22:28: And whether it be cow or ewe, ye shall not kill it and her young both in one day.
Those who wish to live long upon the earth better take heed not to abuse animals.
Deuteronomy 22:6: If a bird’s nest chance to be before thee in the way in any tree, or on the ground, whether they be young ones, or eggs, and the dam sitting upon the young, or upon the eggs, thou shalt not take the dam with the young:
Deuteronomy 22:7: But thou shalt in any wise let the dam go, and take the young to thee; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days.
The Lord does care for animals and it is very clear He watches over them.
Psalms 50:11: I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.
Luke 12:6: Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
Matthew 10:29: Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
There is a difference between a righteous man and a wicked man in the way he treats his animals.
Proverb 12:10: A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
So which one are you?