Jenny MoxhamWorld Animal Day
By Jenny Moxham
An Animal Rights Poem from

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.

World Animal Day
By Jenny Moxham

On World Animal Day
Spare a thought if you will,
For the billions of beings
Man raises to kill.

The grief-stricken pig
In her small concrete pen,
The sad de-beaked, feather-pecked
Battery hen.

Chickens too crippled
To reach food or water,
Sheep dying on ships
Bound for ritual slaughter.

Tail docking, mulesing,
Branding, castration.
Torture and pain
With each cruel mutilation.

Have we truly the right
To abuse and mistreat
These creatures so gentle
So mild and so meek?

Please show you've a heart
And please show that you care,
By going meat-free
On this day of the year.

Written to send to newspapers prior to World Animal Day 2005

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