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.
'Twas the night before Christmas all snug in the house,
We, some humans, and pets, and one was a mouse,
When they were enjoying Christmas cheer,
Outside an alley cat without an ear,
Stood starving and injured and sick to the bone,
Sat out in the pouring rain all alone,
A dog with big bruises pulled by his lead,
While people hit him till he began to bleed,
An ape in a lab cried out in fright,
When something sharp hit him with all its might,
A cat in a shelter stood lonely in stance,
While people passed by without even a glance,
A fox shrieked when he was in pain,
Caught in a fur trap out in the rain,
If we know this happens, why don't we take action?
We can cut this down fraction by fraction.
Especially on Christmas for peace on earth.
Give the stray cat a nap by the hearth,
And help the poor dog so battered and bruised,
Take him in, though he's used,
Put a stop to the testing, the pain and the fright,
We can do this if we use all our might,
If we talk about peace and of love and joy,
Teach your children that Fido's not a toy,
And realize peace on earth is animals too,
Not just humans like me and you.
Photo by Rick Sack U4rick4u@aol.com
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