Cries and Lies
By Mary T. Hoffman
An Animal Rights Poem from All-Creatures.org

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.

Cries and Lies
By Mary T. Hoffman

The human race – what a disgrace – 
Project their vice on pigs and mice. 
In pain untold they’re bought and sold, 
In lab, or farmed, they’re killed and harmed.

Folks with no shame scapegoat and blame; 
They shock and burn, then in turn 
The truth they bend to suit their end.

In research labs away from view 
There are workers paid to do 
Obscene procedures on living souls 
So ambitious bosses can reach their goals.

Researchers maim and do the same: 
They burn and cut, 
Then smirk and strut 
To see their awful crimes in print: 
Publish or perish, name of the game.

The hoodwinked public doles out cash 
So labs can bash like so much trash 
Rabbits used, cruelly abused.

Easy money, grants provide. 
They keep the people on their side 
With endless promises of “cure.” 
They use diseases as a lure. 
The sociopaths who rip them off 
Behind their backs laugh and scoff.

The people think they fight disease 
And with their money try to please 
The clever folks who promise health 
But live and strive for increased wealth.

These doctors, with no ethics, 
Promote intervention instead of prevention. 
With “diseases” created 
The media are sated. 
This is the sort the public support 
And hold in high esteem.

The public buys all sorts of lies. 
They never hear the silenced cries 
Of creatures caught in deep despair. 
Folks choose to think they’re given care 
When there is naught but grief.


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