“If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him” and that “Thou shalt not see thy brother's ass or his ox fall down by the way, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt surely help him to lift them up again” - Exodus 23:5; Deuteronomy 22:4
The law that we should do good even to those we may regard as foes was given by God Almighty right from ancient times. No humane person who loves his neighbour as himself would see his property in danger without endeavouring to preserve it; even if what is involved is an animal. It could be seen that before animals' rights activists started flourishing in modern times, God had made provision for the welfare of animals in the Holy Bible. Relieving an ass of its burden may be a comparatively small matter, but it is a test of how we would respond to greater challenges, in terms of how we relate with our fellow human beings. If God should be so concerned for the comfort of animals, He will no doubt be even more regardful of the welfare of man. Our Saviour exhorts us thus, “Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:31) And St. Paul states: “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” - Ephesians 4:32.