My question to you is, as a Catholic, what is our duty in the modern world to care for all God's creatures? Animals (beasts and fowls and creeping things as they are sometimes referred to) come up over and over in the Bible where it is revealed they exist for humans to use as "meat", and "beasts of burden" etc. But Genesis also tells us, "And God created the great whales, and every living and moving creature, which the waters brought forth, according to their kinds, and every winged fowl according to its kind. And God saw that it was good..." Other than personal pets, the atrocities brought forth upon other animals for our consumption and entertainment, and in more and more and more cases the extinction of God's creatures does not to me seem to be good at all .
And then from Job, "But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee: and the birds of the air, and they shall tell thee..." what will happen to our world, what is happening to our Faith, when we permit for so much of our society to overlook what these creatures can teach and tell us?
St. Paul tells us again in his epistle to Timothy, "For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be rejected that is received with thanksgiving." Are we overlooking, missing and ignoring that these creatures? Are we rejecting their importance, taking for granted their value, significance and the blessings the bestow upon us as keepers of this world? Are we truly giving thanks when thousands...millions, of animals are not even permitted to exist in the way God wanted for them to live but instead are used for our immediate, insatiable consumption and entertainment? Something tells me, not only how we treat others will determine our path to heaven, but too the way in which we tend to all God's creatures