Picture of Animals

Q: Is it permissible to hang pictures or poster of animals in my room?
A: There is no problem of hanging up pictures of animals, even pictures of non-kosher animals. The flag of the Tribes had pictures of non-kosher animals such as a donkey, snake, lion, etc… There are also shuls that have lions on the Ark. Chabad has a different teaching in this area. The Lubavitcher Rebbe (Likkutei Sichos, Vol. 25, pp. 309-311) taught that visual images have great impact on a person's mind, especially on young children: What one sees can leave lasting impressions for good or bad. Viewing sacred objects or images such as holy books has positive benefits, and pictures of impure animals harm the mind and soul. However, Rabbi Chaim David Ha-Levi – former Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv-Yafo wrote (Shut Aseh Lecha Rav 8:60) that there is no halachic problem of hanging up pictures of non-kosher animals since there were non-kosher images in Yechezel's vision of the chariot (Yechezkel 1:10) and there were also pictures of non-kosher animals on the Tribes' flag (Ibn Ezra on Bamidbar 2:2). He therefore ruled that it is permissible to hang them up but if one is a Chabad Chasid he is obligated to follow the Rebbe's rulings.