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Is "tzaar ba'alei chaim" from the Torah, and if so what's the source?

The question of whether tza'ar ba'alei chaim (the prohibition of causing undue pain to animals) is biblical (mideoraita) or rabbinic (miderabbanan) is the subject of significant debate in Bava Metzia ...
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Source that tzaar baalei chayyim only applies to kosher animals?

This is incorrect. Examples given include loading and unloading a donkey as we see in Tzaar Baalei Chayim Thus, the halacha applies to all animals In Shemot, we are told to help him unload: “If you ...
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Why are castrated animals slaughtered as Kosher beef?

Castration of an animal is forbidden to Gentiles (according to most opinions) so a Jew cannot tell him to do so. If he does he is forbidden to eat that animal. But if the gentile has already castrated ...
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Putting a suffering animal out of its misery - Mitzvah, Reshut or prohibition?

This answer is from Dinonline: Killing Animals to Prevent their Suffering The Chazon Ish is cited (in Dinim Ve-Hanhagos Mi-Maran Ha-Chazon Ish Vol. 2, p. 40) as having been asked by a ...
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Killing animals for tefillin -- how?

In Kesses Hasofer (written by the author of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried)) it seems that if the animal was killed without shechita, its skin is of the lowest quality. See the end ...
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Considering feelings of animals

As explained by Maimonides in Guide for the Perplexed 3:48, the Torah does recognize animals' physical and emotional feelings, and several commandments reflect this: The commandment concerning the ...
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Is it ever permissible to break Shabbos in order to relieve someone of suffering?

it seams that the shulchan aruch harav summaries these laws like this 328.19 to relieve a human of suffering if no Gentile is available if the he is so sick that he fell because of it into laying (...
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Interfering with wild predator and prey animals

In Bava Metziah 84b we find Rabi Yehuda Hanasi being used by a calf as a hiding spot to escape slaughter. He told the calf to go back because 'for this you were created'. He subsequently suffered for ...
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Caged hens, and other seemingly cruel farming methods

It seems that if the only profitable way of raising the animals/chickens is by making smaller enclosures for them, while we should encourage the animal owners to try and treat the animals the best ...
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Caged hens, and other seemingly cruel farming methods

The basic answer is that Rav Moshe Feinstein (among others) forbade treating animals in this way. However, if someone violates the isur of tzaar baalei chaim, the animal itself does not "become ...
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Why was the kipa a justified way to execute criminals?

The עיקר תוי"ט on Mishna 9:5 in Sanhedrin (the one you quoted) brings a verse to explain why he deserves to be put to death; because he doesn't care about his life. דגברא בר קטלא הוא בידי שמים, ...
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Killing animals for tefillin -- how?

There are no such laws specific to Tefillin though you are correct that we have laws prohibiting cruelty to animals in general.
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Is T'zaar Ba'alei Chaim a Mitzvah Bein Adam L'makom, L'chaveiro, or L'atzmo?

I don't know about just stam inflicting pain on a random animal, but if the said animal belongs to one's friend, the Sefer Chasidim 666 seems to imply that one is violating a bein adam lechaveiro. It ...
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Is T'zaar Ba'alei Chaim a Mitzvah Bein Adam L'makom, L'chaveiro, or L'atzmo?

Rav Yoel Amital has an article on Tzaar Ba'alei Chaim (ZBC). He says (in part) that the הרמ"א באה"ע סימן ה' סע' יד says "כל דבר הצריך לרפואה או לשאר דברים, לית ביה משום איסור צער בעלי ...
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Why was the kipa a justified way to execute criminals?

I have a theory of why this method of execution is described. My theory is that the point of this Gemara is to provide an extreme example of the extent of the Sanhedrin's authority. The Gemara does ...
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Tzar balei Chaim mouse traps

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 ...
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Can one destroy a bird's nest if the noise bothers him?

It is unquestionably cruel to destroy or relocate a nest containing eggs and/or fledglings. The problem is due to the fact that birds are relatively stupid. Whereas, if I moved your house a short ...
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Can you experiment on animals?

This is addressed in a recent post on Torah Musings by Rabbi Daniel Mann. He says that tzaar baalei chayim can be necessary for experiments if it isn't needlessly insensitive. If there is a human need ...
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