Originally Posted by Guilherme
In Genesis man gets dominion. In Proverbs 12/10 we read:
A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.
So a duty is laid upon the husbandryman to be humane and effective in the care and training of his animals. By extension, you can argue that this encourages conservation efforts, also.
Or if you want to be Darwinian we are, in fact, at the top of the food chain. But, if by our actions, we destroy that chain what happens to those at the top? We might be the last to die, but death is sure.
As a Christian, I believe in Christ and in all the ways He taught us to live in Godliness. We were also told in Ephesians 6:4- New International Version (©1984) "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." and in Ephesians 5:28-33 it says for husbands to "love their wives as they love themselves.
Yet I know, as Inga has stated, this world, for the most part, is morally bankrupt. That is why their is a need for the foster care system, Child & Family services and battered spouses, usually wives, are on the news EVERY DAY. Man has become a demon eating up the earth and all that dwell upon it. I should know I survived a child hood chock full of drug addicted/alcohol dependent parents, foster parents and sexual torture at the hands of a foster brother. Yet I broke the cycle by promising myself I would never be like them...
That being said even Darwin was kind to animals, seeing (from his POV) that animals are where we came from.