Is Animal Domestication a Mitzvah?


Genesis 1:28 “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Beyond p’ru urvu, does this mean domesticating animals is a mitzvah?



  1. No, it is not. In fact, many non-domesticated animals cannot thrive when they are domesticated since they need their natural habitats to be able to allow their latent tendencies to flourish.

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