Should We Pray for Animals?

Many people from diverse cultures and religious background hold different views about the role of animals in our world. In the East, the belief that animals have souls and partake with us the right to live a life of freedom is more widely accepted than in the west. In a world plagued by unkindness, cruelty, and lack of awareness, prayers for the voiceless animals, seems to be a spiritual service that all animal lovers can and should do. Is Praying for Animals Biblical?   Our Judeo-Christian society tends to see animals through a different set of lenses, despite the recommendations clearly stated in the Bible. Many Christians tend to think that just because there are no explicit mentions in the Bible about the animals’ spiritual needs, they just don’t exist. But that is not the truth, and, at the same time, we don’t find in the sacred scriptures any mention that we should not attend to our little brothers and sisters’ spiritual needs. In Thailand, elephants are allowed to have funeral rituals and prayers, just like a human being; maybe because the Buddhist culture tends to regard all animals as non-human persons. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that the animals and the resources of Creation are naturally ordained for the common good of humanity. Although it is “contrary to human dignity to make animals suffer unnecessarily and waste their lives.” He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate, bringing forth food from the earth~ Psalm 104:14 In Genesis 1:25-26 we see: “And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.” Then God said, “Let us…

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