Animals Raised to the Level of Human?

I noticed today that Global News Calgary has reported on an evil act of animal cruelty. Despicable! However, I am wondering why the writer Sarolta Saskiw used the word “Murder”? Another attempt of the media to upgrade animals to human levels? It was no typo as the word was used twice. See report below:

Raymond woman says 20 of her farm animals were beaten and murdered

We have already seen that “Cecil the Lion” has been spoken of as being “murdered” also! See the NBC report:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/cecil-lion-zimbabwe-safari-operator-says-animal-was-murdered-n404336

This has been going on for years now. I first personally noticed this when Seal Pups in Canada were being called “Baby” Seals, as an obvious political move to use a human connection as to appeal to human emotions. Honestly, if the reading public was six years old I could get it!:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3043467/Shocking-photos-baby-seals-clubbed-death-Canada-s-ice-floes-bloody-cull-nearly-500-000-gets-way.html

Chimpanzees are now apparently “Human” as there is a push in the courts to have them labeled as “Human”! One article even states that “Chimps are almost more human than we are”!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3058268/Why-chimps-human-U-S-court-grants-human-rights-chimpanzees-astonishing-account-naturalist-reveals-animals-like-think.html

What is the Christian perspective on all this? Man was given authority over animals. Genesis 2: 19-20:

19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam, there was not found a helper suitable for him.

Man was given authority over animals.

The animals were also given to us for food; Genesis 9:3:

3 Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant.

And we Christians are to look after the environment: Genesis 1: 26

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

We are to have compassion over the animals: Proverbs 12: 10

A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal,

But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.

However, beasts don’t have rights the same way that humans do. If I need to clarify, animals and humans are different; humans are the ones made in God’s image, not animals.

When you see or hear such words as “baby” and when an animal is killed, and it is said it was “murdered,” please evaluate the statement and question the source! It is an apparent hotbed today in an upside down world. I am an animal lover that has had a few dogs, but I would never use that terminology nor thought process to end with the conclusion an animal is human. God created us in His likeness, not the animals in His image!

God Bless

Brian Mason