FRANCE - Circus Animals and Mink Farms Outlawed

Arno Froese

The French parliament voted to end wild animals being used in live circus shows and outlawed mink farming, in new animal-rights legislation hailed as a step forward by campaigners.

Performances of wild animals such as lions, tigers or bears will be prohibited in two years, and owning them outlawed in seven years, under the wide-ranging law that has been under debate since 2020.

Circus owners denounced it, however, while some campaigners said it did not go far enough.

As well as the measures targeting circuses, the new law will raise the maximum penalty for mistreating animals to up to five years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros ($85,000), and will tighten restrictions on the sale of pets.

“There will inevitably come a day when... we will debate sensitive issues such as hunting, such as bull-fighting, or some animal-rearing practices,” said the lawmaker, who is also a veterinarian.

Environmentalists and more radical animal rights groups had wanted the new law to improve the conditions inside industrial animal farms.

The group L214, which had sought protections for the “more than a billion intensely farmed animals” in France, welcomed the legislation but said it “lacked courage.”

The group has made a name for itself in France by sending its activists undercover into abattoirs and then publishing videos of the often shocking scenes of animals being mistreated or cut up while still alive.

-www.france24.com, 18 November 2021

Arno's Commentary

At the very beginning, we read in Genesis 1:26 that dominion over the animal world is given to man. Quite apparently, the first couple were vegetarians; verse 29 confirms: “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” 

Later in history, the Lord commanded the Israelites to eat only certain animals. Some were designated clean, others unclean. However, in the New Testament, liberty is given: “Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake” (1 Corinthians 10:25).

The issue here, however, is cruelty to animals. Proverbs 12:10 says, “A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.”

The article concerns itself with the misuse of animals, particularly in circuses. Mistreating animals can result in a fine of 75,000 euros ($85,000) and up to 5 years in prison. 

On the other hand, however, stands human life, and there we note that as of November 2021, 64 nations have legalized abortion. Only in 24 nations is abortion completely illegal. 

Abortion, which we can define as cold-blooded murder of an unborn child, is legal in most of the progressive nations of the world. Some restrictions can be found mainly in South America, Africa, and a number of Southeast Asian nations. 

Where is all this leading? From Scripture, we understand that two men will appear. Both are called beasts: one is the false prophet, the other the Antichrist. Why beasts? Because of the absence of the spirit. These two are totally and unconditionally dedicated to the god of this world, Satan. Subsequently, they do not appear before the Great White Throne in the end, but are cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. This will take place at the end of the battle of Armageddon. Revelation 19:19-20 states: “And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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