If we are objective, we must recognize that later Hebrew-Christian religions become ambiguous at this point. The Old Testament, which is separately treated, partly because of bad translation, has been showing a mix of indifference and appreciation of animals. In other books of the Bible, we find interesting quotes that shows concern for the well-being of animals:
“Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.“-Proverbs 12:10
“For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity.”-Ecclesiastes 3:19
“The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.“~Psalm 145:9
Nimrod, son of Cush, grandson of Ham, and great-grandson of Noah, founder of Nineveh, is the ancestor of Assiri, the great slaughterer of the people. Of Nimrod it was said that was a great hunter, and his reputation is bigger than some of the prophets such as Amos, Hosea, Isaiah and Jeremiah, who condemn animal sacrifice in general without success.
In the New Testament, the coming of the Son of God finally frees the nonhuman world of cruelty of ritual sacrifice. There is an enigmatic meaning that guided the birth of this Master to be enacted among animals, and their care takers. The Last Supper is the parting of the waters between two periods, the threshold, the barbarity of ancient sacrifice, a true biblical slaughter, and the sacrifice of the Christ. His “blood” substitutes the animal blood, hence He is the Lamb of God, the maximum sacrifice ever asked and ever offered. More than a sacrifice required by a blood-thirsty God, the volunteer offering to be the redeemer of the sins of humanity may had been a display of ultimate love, respect and guardianship for the lives of our lesser brothers.
The Modern Conceptual Mind: Not Sentient Beings
The reality is that animals have existed inhabiting the borderline of our moral concepts; the result is that we sometimes find ourselves according them a strong moral status, while at other times denying them any kind of moral status at all.