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prohibition against causing needless pain to animals

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May one chemically castrate animals

According to Halacha, Jews are not supposed to castrate animals, and many poskim say this is a noahide law as well. My question is whether this prohibition on castration of animals is just a ...
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Am I allowed to give my kippah to a rat?

I was walking on the sidewalk and noticed a rat shivering on the pavement; it was so cold it couldn’t move and it probably would have died of frostbite if I didn’t do anything. I gave it my kippah for ...
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Is it permissible to kill an animal and its mother without shechita?

Halacha prohibits slaughtering an animal and its mother on the same day. My question is, does this prohibition apply if you kill those animals without the purpose of eating them and without shechita? ...
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Do fish feel pain? [duplicate]

Are there any seforim, esoteric or otherwise, that teach such matters as the physiological differences between various species or general categories of animals? For example do fish feel pain? If they ...
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Why doesn't the Gemera bring 3 more proofs for if צער בעלי חיים is Biblical or Rabbinical?

The Gemera in Bava Metzia 32a-33a has the famous dispute about if צער בעלי חיים is a Biblical or Rabbinic prohibition, and both sides brings proofs one way and the other. My question is, we don't find ...
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Is T'zaar Ba'alei Chaim a Mitzvah Bein Adam L'makom, L'chaveiro, or L'atzmo?

Building upon the concept that Mitzvos can be between a person and Hashem, or a person and their friend (Source for "Ben Adam Lemakom" and "Ben Adam Lechavero"), where would T'zaar ...
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Is "tzaar ba'alei chaim" from the Torah, and if so what's the source?

Is there a mekor (scriptural source) for "tzaar ba'alei chaim" (loosely, cruelty to animals) in the Torah? Halacha L'Moshe M'Sinai (ancient but associated more strongly with the oral tradition than ...
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Why are castrated animals slaughtered as Kosher beef?

Castration and dehorning of cattle is the common practice in the cattle industry. This a violation a basic Noahide Law ref Tractate Sanhedrin 56a-b: שבע מצות נצטוו בני נח ...רבי חידקא אומר אף על ...
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Putting a suffering animal out of its misery - Mitzvah, Reshut or prohibition?

How does the concept of Tza’ar Ba’alei Chaim deal with putting an animal out of its misery by killing it in order to prevent unnecessary pain (of the animal)? For instance, when one sees an animal ...
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How can anyone hold that Tza’ar Ba’alei Chaim is d’Rabbanan?

The Gemara (Bava Metzi’a 32b-33a) discusses the prohibition of tza’ar ba’alei chaim, causing pain to animals, and whether it is from the Torah (d’Oraisa) or from the Rabbis (d’Rabbanan), concluding ...
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Source that tzaar baalei chayyim only applies to kosher animals?

I remember learning that tzaar baalei chayyim only applies to kosher animals and being very surprised and disappointed, but I don't remember the source at all. Does anyone know where this idea comes ...
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Caged hens, and other seemingly cruel farming methods

My local kosher store sells eggs from caged hens which probably means that there no halachic prohibition of eating these eggs. As it seems cruel to keep hens in such a manner: Is it forbidden to ...
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Why was the kipa a justified way to execute criminals?

The Mishna Sanhedrin 81B brings a form of execution where the convicted person is placed in a tight chamber, fed minimal amounts of food to shrink the stomach, and then fed a lot to cause the stomach ...
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Tzar balei Chaim mouse traps

There are many different types of mouse traps. (Example old fashioned snappers, new electrocution, confinement, sticky) my question is would some on these be assur because of tzar balei Chaim ( the ...
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Can one destroy a bird's nest if the noise bothers him?

If there is a bird's nest next to one's study and he finds the endless chirping to be annoying, is he allowed to destroy it or should he try to bear the annoyance. This is not a question of halacha, ...
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Killing animals for tefillin -- how?

Are there halachas for how an animal for tefillin must be killed? Or can it, for example, be shot, assuming it was shot by a non Jew. If there are no restrictions, why not? (one would think that we ...
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Are the animals killed for tefillin killed humanely? [duplicate]

Are the cows used to make leather for Tefillin killed humanely? I don't want to pray with something bound to me when that something was made from an inhumanely killed animal.
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Is eating veal permissible?

I once heard that Rav Moshe Feinstein forbade eating veal due to Tzar Balei Chayim. Is it true? If yes, is anything different in the way veal is farm raised nowdays?
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Interfering with wild predator and prey animals

Would it be considered tzaar baalei chaim (animal cruelty) to assist a wild animal at the expense of another? Would it be acceptable to help a wild predator catch wild prey (causing distress to the ...
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Wing clipping and pinioning

Wing clipping and pinioning are measures that bird keepers take to ensure that their birds don't escape. Wing clipping involves cutting the primary feathers of a bird such that there wont be enough ...
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Can you experiment on animals?

May a person perform or otherwise participate in experiments on live animals which will cause the animals pain? I would assume this is forbidden under tzaar baalei chayim. But perhaps there is a heter ...
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Considering feelings of animals

Assuming that animals feel physical and emotional pain in some way that is comparable to human feeling, why does Judaism discount their needs? I am interested to hear rabbinic discussions about this. ...
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Is it Tzaar Baalei Chayyim to feed a live animal to another animal?

There are many pets available today that experts recommended feeding (infrequently or at times solely) on live animals. Many reptiles (snakes, chameleons, geckos, monitors, etc.) and many fish are ...
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Animal testing of cosmetics and other products

To what extent does tzaar baalei chayyim--the prohibition on causing needless pain to animals--apply to animal testing of products such as cosmetics? What are the potential halachic problems for both ...
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Purchasing products that were not manufactured in a Torahdik manner?

Are there any restrictions on purchasing or using non-food products that were manufactured in violation of the Law? If so, on what grounds? For example: A non-Jew manufactures a product, and, in ...
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Is it ever permissible to break Shabbos in order to relieve someone of suffering?

Is it ever permissible to break Shabbos in order to relieve someone (a human or an animal) of suffering? I am talking about excruciating suffering, not merely discomfort, and I am not talking about ...
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Pain of animals on shabbat

So a friend of mine showed me the following verse from Matthew 12:11 (strange to bring a New Testament quote into a halacha question, I know) ... they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the ...
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Animal rights vs other considerations in halacha and hashkafa

On a boat, Reuven owns five ostriches and one of them eats a diamond off of Shimon's hat which is on his head. Though we are not sure which one ate it we know with certainty that one of them did. ...
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mating prevention as Tza'ar Ba'alei Chayim

Does anyone know whether keeping an animal of one sex as a pet is considered Tza'ar Ba'alei Chayim or not, since it cannot mate?
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Is catch and release fishing permitted?

Is catch and release fishing permitted? I've heard different opinions on this matter. Whats the official halacha?
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If I injure a bug, should I kill it?

I'm sure this has happened to lots of people: you somehow injure a bug (or some other animal). I have always heard that this is a case of Tzaar Baalei Chaim, and that you should kill the bug to ...
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How does shechita (kosher slaughter) actually work?

If I understand correctly, the classical Halachic requirements on kosher slaughter only discuss cutting the trachea and esophagus. Is that enough to kill the animal quickly (and painlessly?) What ...
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Rigging live worms - Tzaar Baalei Chayim?

Is there any halachic objection to rigging a live worm onto a hook when fishing?
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Tzar Balay Chaim- Killing Pests?

Are you allowed to kill flies and other pests (mice, mosquitoes, etc.) or would that go under the prohibition of Tzar Balay Chaim?
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Tzar Balay Chaim for Fish

Is there Tzar Balay Chaim for Fish?
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Human Tzaar-Baalei-Chayyim

Is there an Issur of Tzar Baalei Chaim on humans?
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Kashrus Explained

A close friend of mine asked me to fire this question at the mi.yodeya community so here goes: "I came across this rather interesting rendition of "kashrus Explained", not sure who authored it, but I ...
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Is it permissible to work at a tzaar-baalei-chayyim store?

Are you allowed to work at a store (pet shop, for example) that does tzaar-baalei-chayyim to the animals it has there?
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Why must Chata'os Ha-meisos be treated so harshly?

There are certain cases in which an animal designated for a sin offering (Chat'as) could not be brought in the Temple, but was required to be killed ("חטאות המתות"), according to some opinions, by ...
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