The righteous person respects the life of his animal,
but the compassions of the wicked are cruel. Bible

“life.” The Hebrew is nephesh (#05315 נָ֫פֶשׁ), which is technically “soul,” which is the life of the animal. This is just one more verse that clearly shows animals have a soul, just as humans do. When animals die, their soul does not go to heaven, and the same is true for people. When animals and people die, they are dead, in the ground. God will raise people from the grave, but not animals.

Commentary for: Proverbs 12:10