Thank you for your letter concerning my article on The Scandal of Canned Lion Hunting.
The Bible is quite clear: “A good man is kind to his animals but the wicked are cruel to theirs.” Proverbs 12:10
Cruelty to animals is by definition wicked. Matthew Henry’s Commentary on this reflects traditional Reformed Christian teaching. First and foremost all animals belong to God. They are God's animals, and we are accountable to Him for how we treat them.
The doctrine of Creation requires us to prize and value God's creatures. The Dominion Mandate makes clear that we are accountable to God for how we improve and care for His Creation.