Pamela Ayn Austen
Death by Animals
8. Then I looked and saw a pale horse. Its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed close behind. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill by sword, by famine, by plague, and by the beasts of the earth.
Perhaps we all know that the Black Plague in the 1300's was caused by flea bites to humans from fleas that had been sucking the blood of infected rats, mice, and other ground-dwelling varmints, and the disease was said to have originated in Central and East Asia, thereby traveling the Silk Road to Europe where it killed between 75-200 million Europeans. Africa has suffered from the Ebola outbreak in recent years, and it has its origin in bats. From Africa also came the HIV virus which produces AIDS, and it began in bats and monkeys and was transmitted to humans who ate them or in some way took in the animals' fluids or flesh.
Now, we have the Coronavirus from China, and it is speculated to have originated from snakes and bats, "with the Chinese krait and the Chinese cobra the primary suspects." (Zero Hedge article) "Chinese government medical adviser Zhong Nanshan has also identified badgers and rats as possible culprits." According to the article, there is a Youtube video of Wuhan residents eating bat soup, and eating the actual bat.
A man in China has now died from the Hantavirus, which comes directly from rodents. (Article)
Depending on whether locust are considered an animals in Scripture, locusts are currently plaguing India and Africa and devouring the crops, which will cause a food shortage and potential famine. (Zero Hedge article) So beasts of the earth do not necessarily have to attack people in order to kill them; and carrying disease is a far more potent weapon against humanity than rows of teeth and claws.