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In the context of Judaism and Christianity, the phrase unclean animals refers to those listed in the book of Leviticus in the Bible; the intent is that they not be consumed for food. Many animals in the passage that are unclean have the characteristic of (but not limited to) having no divided hoofs (feet) and/or also do not chew the cud (food) for it to be regurgitated. It is one either one of each characteristic or both of them. In the bible mentions "Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you." Leviticus 11:4. In Christianity, all the laws concerning clean and unclean animals are kept in the book of Leviticus in the Bible, which states all the characteristics of animals that are deemed clean and those that are not. In Judaism, the Kashrut (Kosher) is the dietary law governing what can or cannot be consumed.
In Christianity, it should be noted that the vast majority of adherents do not follow the Mosaic dietary laws. The commonly held theological position is that with the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Old Covenant and its restrictions no longer apply. The main exception to this are the Seventh Day Adventists.
This contains a list of unclean animals that are specially mentioned from the Chapter 11 in the book of Leviticus (Old Testament) in the Bible. See the bible on Wikisource .
Camel Chameleon Coney Cuckow Eagle Ferret Hare Hawk Heron Lapwing Lizard Mole Osprey Ossifrage Owl Pelican Raven Stork Swan Swine¹ Weasel Vulture
This list contains animals that are not specified in the Bible, but from the characteristics mentioned in the passage (Letvicus 11:1-47) in the Bible is considered to be unclean.
Abalone Alligators Ant Ape Bear Cat Cheetah Clam Cockatoo Crab Crayfish Crow Dingo Dog Dolphins Donkey Eagle Echidna Eel Elephant Fox Gecko Gibbon Gorilla Hedgehog Jellyfish Kangaroo Lion Lobster Lynx Magpie Monkey Mussel Ostrich Parrot Penguin Platypus Prawns Rat Scallop Seahorse Seal Shark Shrimp Squid Squirrel Snake Starfish Tiger Turtle Wallaby Whales Wombat Wolf Worm Zebra
This is in addition to anything in the bible describes (see further reading) as an 'unclean animal' due to its physical features.
¹Orthodox Judaism also forbids the eating of pork in any form, considering the animal as unclean.
In Islam pigs are considered unclean and not eaten. Dogs are also considered unclean and Muslims must not be licked by them--if they do they must perform purification.
- Leviticus Chapter 11 Verses 1-47