Monday, May 4, 2015

Feeding Animals on Shabbat

Feeding Animals on Shabbat
Day: Monday
Date: May 4, 2015
Parshat: Emor
Yalkut Yosef: 324

It is forbidden on Shabbat to feed strays and ownerless animals since doing so requires effort that would otherwise not have been necessary. It is permissible however, to feed one’s own pets since they rely on him for their food. The exception to feeding one’s own animals is birds that get let out of their cage - since they can easily get their food elsewhere, and pigs which are forbidden to keep as pets. It is also forbidden to keep as a pet a dog that by nature hurts people. Because it may not be kept as a pet it is also forbidden to feed such a dog on Shabbat. Leftover food being thrown out anyways may be put next to the trashcan for animals around since there is no special effort being done. For this reason it is permissible to shake out the tablecloth in the yard even though birds will likely come and eat the crumbs. As mentioned previously (DSH January 3, 2014), animals are muktzeh on Shabbat and may not be moved directly.

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