Voice Of the Voiceless
By Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)
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.

Voice Of the Voiceless
By Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)

I am the Voice of the Voiceless 
Through me the dumb shall speak 
Till the world's deaf ear be made to hear 
The wrongs of the wordless weak. 
Oh shame on the mothers of mortals 
Who do not stoop to teach 
The sorrow that lies in dear dumb eyes 
The sorrow that has no speech. 
From street, from cage, from kennel 
From stable and from zoo 
The wall of my tortured kin proclaims the sin 
Of the mighty against the frail. 
But I am my brother's keeper 
And I shall fight their fight 
And speak the word for beast and bird 
Till the world shall set things right.

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