Fastest Animal on Earth Cannot Outrun Extinction

posted by Jael Ever @ 10:31 AM
May 24, 2011

Cheetahs, the fastest animals on earth now race toward extinction.  It is not any fault of their own.  Man is leading them to a quick demise.  Thinly built, with long legs, movable spines and large breathing capacity, cheetahs can reach 75 miles an hour faster than any automobile, even getting to 45 mph in just two seconds.  Upon eying their prey––i.e. gazelle, birds, hares, gnu, warthog, impala, wildebeest calves, etc.––cheetahs can run them down in 20 seconds or less.  But that vast amount of potential prey requires large tracts of land.  And that’s the problem.  People want the land, and they take the cheetahs’ habitat and prey.

 At the beginning of the 20th century, over 100,000 cheetahs lived in Africa and Asia.  Now only some 12,000 are left in Africa, and 150 in Iran.  As if stealing their land were not enough, human beings also want the cheetahs’ beautiful tan coats with splashing black spots.  So poachers put bullets in the air to kill even the fastest running cheetahs so they can cut off their pelts to sell in illegal markets.  Of course, it is illegal to kill them and to sell their pelts.  But criminals have no regard for man’s laws.  In addition, the same farmers and land developers who take the cheetahs’ land in the first place, may also kill them if a hungry cat presumes to kill cattle grazing on what it thought was its own land.

 Speaking of laws, why do people not recognize that there are higher laws––i.e. God’s laws––which may not allow people to take over lands that have belonged to animals for thousands of years, and that God made man responsible for the care and upkeep of these animals.  Man’s right included only the necessary killing of domesticated animals, or sea life, within strict Biblically defined limits.  Genesis 1: 24 – 25 reads:  “And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”  Verse 30 says that every green herb was to be food for man and beasts.
 
 Only after the fall of Adam and Eve and after Noah’s flood, did God allow the killing of animals for food (Genesis 9).  And with the call of Abraham and his descendants––and the start of Judeo-Christian faiths––God then limited acceptable animals for food consumption.  From the beginning, God had covenants with both animals and people.  These agreements included boundaries for each interdependent group.  From Genesis to the Book of Revelation, nothing in God’s Word gives one of these covenant groups the right to destroy the other.  But today, that is exactly what man is doing.  By greed, ignorance and negligence, man is destroying the animal kingdom and one day soon, and very soon, God will call man to judgment for such egregious covenant breaking (Revelation 11: 18).

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