All of God's creatures have rights, a fact that most people don't seem to recognize.
This includes both human and non-human animals, but not all of them can speak for themselves.
By Donna Anderson
The cry of a cow being slaughtered
The whimper of a hunted deer
A squeal of a pig being branded
And the torture a veal calf will feel
The fear in a lab animal's eyes
The boredom of animals in zoos
An animal in slavery for entertainment
The fright of animals on fur farms, too.
Though they do not speak our language
Or understand our ways
Animals do have rights in this world
They, too, know how to love, weep, and play.
We believe humans are intelligent
The smartest of all species
Then why is it we use our friends
And treat them as assembly line pieces?
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