Here’s an interesting factoid for those interested in such things.
Most folks who have a general knowledge of the Bible know that according to the story of the Flood, God made a covenant with Noah that never again would a flood destroy the earth. The sign of the rainbow was God’s seal on that promise.
This part of the story is known as God’s covenant with Noah. In fact, my NIV Bible has a heading over this part of the text that reads “God’s Covenant with Noah.”
What most folks aren’t aware of is that the covenant was not just with Noah. It was with the animals too. In fact it is a covenant between God and all living creatures.
The text (Genesis 9: 8-11) reads:
Then God said to Noah and his sons with him: “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you–the birds, the livestock and the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you–every living creature on earth. I establish my covenant with you: “Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
So according to this story God made a covenant with all living creatures, not just with humans. Maybe this should tell us something about God’s heart toward nonhuman animals.