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Tzaar Baalei Chayim is permitted for human benefit, even monetary loss. The Gemara in Shabbos allows leaving heavy bags on an animal when the alternative is to cut the rope, allowing the packages to fall and break. We also find in Avoda Zara how they used to de-hoof an animal when a king died, in some form of honor. How to weigh the significance of the ...


Even though there is a prohibition of tzaar baalei chayim (causing suffering to animals) that is only the case when there is no overriding need. Thus, for instance, we kill animals for meat/clothing even though they inevitably suffer in the process. Removing a nuisance is no less an overriding need. (Otherwise, one would no be allowed to kill a mosquito.) ...

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