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.
Tears for my Sisters
By Heather Leughmyer
For you, it's just a meal.
For them, it's life itself.
I shed tears for my sisters while their rapists are paid -
Trained to impregnate and steal babies away.
Violated beauty -Bodies abused.
Regarded as only machines to be used.
I shed tears for my sisters who become more insane -
Through a perverted existence and their captorsí disdain.
Ruthlessly exploited -Spirits defeated.
Assembly-line-style, their suffering repeated.
I shed tears for my sisters so mistreated by men Ė
The devoted mother cow - The harmless little hen.
The intelligent sow confined to her crate Ė
Industry dictates that this is her fate.
I shed tears for my sisters as my daughter grows older -
And Iím able to kiss her - Iím able to hold her.
She was able to suckle - Never stolen away.
I was able to watch her get stronger each day.
I shed tears for my sisters because I am free -
As a female I question why them and not me?
Our organs are equal, our purpose the same Ė
Our differences subtle, if only in name.
I shed tears for my sisters whose tears fall as well -
With the desperate desire to end this cruel hell.
I canít save their babies -Stop their pain or their sorrow -
But with my daughter Iíll fight for a better tomorrow.