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The very phrase "animal rights" is indicative of the way our culture has anrhropomorphized our relationship with animals. We want to attribute human attributes and rights to animals to enhance our relationship to them. People who are keenly aware of the damage mankind is doing to our environment (pollution, destruction of habitat, species threatened to extinction) often use this tactic to pull at our emotions so we will take action to help resolve the problems. Because most of mankind do not have a relationship with their creator, people don't realize that Satan is stirring our human desires for consumption, pleasure and greed to such an extent that we are wasting and destroying what God has created. As Christians we have a high calling to speak out against the willful and negligent damage and destruction and to act as wise stewards in caring for the planet. However, the rights we attribute to animals in our desire to care for them should never overshadow the rights of human beings to safety, food, shelter and a reasonable standard of life. After all, human beings are the crown of God's creation. We are made in his image and have been given both the authority and responsibility for the care of all creation. Because Satan has deceived our culture to place such a high value on animals, especially animals as pets, we have become blinded to the plight of human beings struggling just to survive. Economic studies have shown that if all the money spent on pets in the Industrislized World each year was redirected to caring for the poor then worldwide poverty would be completely eliminated. The anthropomorphization of animals is also being used by Satan to separate people from each other. We no longer have deep personal friendships with other human beings. Instead we have pets and attribute human attributes to them in an effort to fill our God given need for social relationships with other people. Satan has stolen the love, joy and peace that God intended us to have from close personal relationships with other people.
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