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Want to know what the Bible says about Animal Cruelty? Here are 78 Bible verses about Animal Cruelty from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, New International Version (NIV), sorted from the most relevant to the least relevant.

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Proverbs 12:10 NIV
The righteous care for the needs of their animals,
    but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.
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Ecclesiastes 3:19 NIV
Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless.
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Exodus 23:5 NIV
If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help them with it.
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Proverbs 27:23 NIV
Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
    give careful attention to your herds;
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Deuteronomy 25:4 NIV
Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.
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Genesis 1:28 NIV
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.
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Luke 12:6 NIV
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.
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Matthew 6:26 NIV
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
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Isaiah 1:11 NIV
“The multitude of your sacrifices—
    what are they to me?” says the Lord.
“I have more than enough of burnt offerings,
    of rams and the fat of fattened animals;
I have no pleasure
    in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
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Genesis 1:30 NIV
And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food. ” And it was so.
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Numbers 22:32 NIV
The angel of the Lord asked him, “Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me.
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Isaiah 66:3 NIV
But whoever sacrifices a bull
    is like one who kills a person,
and whoever offers a lamb
    is like one who breaks a dog’s neck;
whoever makes a grain offering
    is like one who presents pig’s blood,
and whoever burns memorial incense
    is like one who worships an idol.
They have chosen their own ways,
    and they delight in their abominations;
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Luke 15:4-7 NIV
4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
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Proverbs 31:8 NIV
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
    for the rights of all who are destitute.
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Deuteronomy 22:6-7 NIV
6 If you come across a bird’s nest beside the road, either in a tree or on the ground, and the mother is sitting on the young or on the eggs, do not take the mother with the young. 7 You may take the young, but be sure to let the mother go, so that it may go well with you and you may have a long life.
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Exodus 23:11 NIV
but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat what is left. Do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove.
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1 Corinthians 15:39 NIV
Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another.
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Matthew 10:29 NIV
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.
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Exodus 20:10 NIV
but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.
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Jonah 4:11 NIV
And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”
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