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Melachah on Shabbos to Prevent Tzaar Baalei Chayim

Is it muter to tell a goy to do an issur d’oraisa on Shabbos in order to take a way tzar baalei chaim?

Answer:

The Shulchan Aruch rules (Orach Chaim 305:20) that it is permitted to tell a non-Jew to milk a cow on Shabbos, in order to prevent the cow from suffering.

This will also apply to other prohibitions, if the action is required to prevent an animal from suffering.

Best wishes.

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2 Comments

  1. Surely this is only when the Meloxha is Aina Tzricha Le’gufo ie the cow’s milk is allowed to fall on the floor and is not used. Perhaps this could be misunderstood from your current response

    1. See the mishna brura on the above halacha, in fact the non Jew may milk the cow in to a vessel, and the milk is permissible for consumption by a Jew after Shabbos. Because of the tzaar baalei chaim we permit the non Jew to do even a full fledged melacha of milking the cow

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