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.
How dark the hour of death must seem,
To him who as the end draws near,
Sees the accusing piteous ghosts
Of tortured animals appear!...
I cannot think God would requite
Even to him such pain and dread,
But this I pray - that he may hear
And understand the hapless dead.
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