Thursday, February 20, 2014

Setting Up Animal Traps On Shabbat

Setting Up Animal Traps On Shabbat
Day: Thursday
Date: February 20, 2014
Parshat: Vayakhel
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 316

It is forbidden to set up a mouse trap on Shabbat even though no mice will be trapped for some time. It is permitted however, to set up the trap before Shabbat even if it may catch animals on Shabbat. There are some Poskim that allow one to open the trap (that was set up before Shabbat) so that a cat can eat the mouse if one's intention is purely to feed the cat. One may feed live worms to a bird on Shabbat if it doesn't eat anything else and it will suffer by not eating them.

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