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#1 shaya

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 02:41 PM

is it צער בעלי חיים to destroy a spiders web?
is there a difference if its in your way or in a secluded area where it wont bother you?
what about hunting (not for eating of course as its not kosher after hunting)?
what about fishing and throwing back the fish into the water?
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#2 Rabbi Shapiro

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 06:57 AM

There is no Tzar Baalei Chaim in a case where you do something for your benefit, including enjoyment for sport or pleasure, and certainly when there is a practical benefit.

However, the Nodeh Beyehuda (1:YD:10) writes that hunting for sport, although not prohibited under Tzaar Baalei Chaim for that reason, is a repulsive "Maaseh Esav" and Jews should have nothing to do with it. You should not do such things. They develop cruelty in a person's soul and cause the deterioration of the fineness in the personality of the Jew. ורחמיו על כל מעשיו the Posuk says.

Catching fish and them them back is not in that category, though, and is permitted without reservation.

#3 shaya

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 09:54 AM

so what is צער בעלי חיים? everything we do is for our "enjoyment".?
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#4 Rabbi Shapiro

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 12:44 PM

A case where your objective is not personal benefit, or where it is but the benefit could be obtained by not making the animal suffer. For example, if you own a pet bird and you keep him in a little drawer instead of a cage. Or if you feed him cholent instead of bird food. In all of the above, you gain no personal benefit. You just don't care. That's Tzar Baalei Chaim.

#5 shifpifer1

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 02:45 PM

Isn't it also a Mitzvah to relieve an animals pain?

#6 Rabbi Shapiro

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 10:36 AM

Isn't it also a Mitzvah to relieve an animals pain?

Yes, but if the animal's pain is caused in the service of human beings, the humans do not have to forgo their benefit.