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.
Henry went to hospital...
twas Bethesda Naval
and took a picture of an ape
in a restraining chair.
And took it to an international
picture wire called Black Star.
Which sent it round the world
and Gandhi saw and knew
that the US of A had broken the treaty
and she cancelled monkey export
because Henry in five hours
cared enough to reach for
one bright and reachable star.
(To Henry Spira, maritime union organizer, teacher of English in Manhattan public schools, and for the last quarter century before his death, a wielder of the Archimedes lever in the cause of prevention of animal suffering.)
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