The decision to shoot and kill these beautiful wild animals rather than risk innocent human lives trying to capture them in the night, was considered the right decision by most experts.
Delcianna Winders, director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement at PETA, told HuffPost: “This is a tragic example of how things can go very wrong when people are allowed to keep exotic animals.” She added, “Animals always pay the price and (this situation) is a perfect example of this.”
This case has renewed old questions about the wisdom of keeping dangerous animals as pets. Add to that, the possibility of the owner becoming a menace to society in a community where children thrive and it truly gives one pause.
Unfortunately, this is only part of the problem. Conservation scientists are urging increased efforts to save wild animals such as lions and tigers who could face extinction within two decades.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the latest estimates over the past 50 years has the lion population down to approximately 25,000 in the African wild, where 450,000 formerly roamed.
Leopards are down to 50,000, from 750,000, cheetahs number about 12,000, down from 45,000. Tigers number about 3,000 in the wild, down from 50,000 total. What is the cause of this decline?
Author David Day wrote in The Doomsday Book of Animals, “I have become fascinated with numerous, extraordinary vanished creatures, and saddened, often angered, by their extinction. For in all but a few cases it has been Man through greed or cruelty, carelessness or indifference that has either directly or indirectly been the cause of these extinctions.”
While several humane organizations working with wildlife sanctuaries are considered the last refuge for many species, it is no secret that wild animals are expensive to keep and there is also the ethical aspect of keeping them confined, even though humanely.
The publication “The World Zoo Conservation Strategy,” admits, “Human society is so complex, and the world’s problems so numerous that despite the growth in consciousness and concern regarding nature and the environment, it has not been possible to halt many of the destructive processes.”
Is earth’s worst predator human beings, who not only hunt and kill animals for sport and profit, but even kill each other on a massive scale? To make the earth safe for wildlife as well as peace-loving, animal-loving humans, God has outlined a very simple solution.
At Psalm 37:10-11, God promised, “In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.” — English Standard Version.
Imagine a world where no more bad people exist to take advantage of wild or domestic animals. Imagine a time when only meek ones will fill the earth and find their delight in a peace unlike any we have ever seen. Is this truly possible?
A statement by The World Zoo Conservation Strategy admits, “The future of human beings and nature is only ensured if the whole of humankind can live in a new harmony with nature.”
That is precisely what Almighty God intends to do — cause the whole of humankind to live in a new harmony with nature. How?
Isaiah 11:4-9 links the rule of Christ Jesus as King of kings to a whole “new harmony with nature.” It says, “He will give justice to the poor and make fair decisions for the exploited. The earth will shake at the force of his word, and one breath from his mouth will destroy the wicked.
“He will wear righteousness like a belt and truth like an undergarment. In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion, and a little child will lead them all. The cow will graze near the bear.
“The cub and the calf will lie down together. The lion will eat hay like a cow. The baby will play safely near the hole of a cobra. Yes, a little child will put its hand in a nest of deadly snakes without harm. Nothing will hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain, for as the waters fill the sea, so the earth will be filled with people who know the Lord.” — New Living Translation.
Such peace with wild animals will be possible, according to God’s unfailing Word, because Jehovah is willing and able to bring about a peaceful relationship between all His earthly creation, similar to what was first experienced in the Garden of Eden. How?
Hosea 2:18 says, “On that day, I will make a covenant for them with the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the creeping creatures of the fertile ground. I will do away with the bow, the sword, and war from the land; I will make you lie down in safety.” — Common English Bible.
Is it reasonable for God to inspire such a prophecy and it be fulfilled to some extent in the past and not have a greater fulfillment in the future? You decide. But clearly, God has a purpose for all the endless and wonderful varieties of wildlife which He created.
This peace and harmony between humans and animals — all to the glory of God — will exist worldwide when God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven. Such good news for God’s earthly creatures is one Divine promise that’s truly worth cuddling up against.