What Will These Animals Do?
By Matthew Morin
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.

What Will These Animals Do?
By Matthew Morin as posted on BeCreatureKind.org

What will all of these animals do—
The bulls and the rams,
The cows and the sheep,
The pigeons and the goats,
And the lambs—
Now that sacrifice has been abolished?

Will they return home,
To tell the good news,
To the hawks, wolves, and camouflaged hunters?
Their joyful songs echoing through the valley,
Each one worshipping according to its kind,
Praising their redeemer.

After all, Jesus took their place—
Not ours.

Will they come to the table,
And receive the bread and wine,
The gifts of grain and fruit?

Will they join us at the love feast,
“Every green plant for food”?

Or must they too, wait patiently?
Eyes cast heavenward,
Flesh groaning for redemption,
Praying “Father forgive them”
Still interceding.

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