Animal Writes
26 September 2001 Issue
Welcome To Our World

by Fran Hutcherson - [email protected] 
In the aftermath of September Eleventh

From our laboratory cages, we see a huge cloud of smoke and soot fast approaching. Cover your faces, quick! Strange substances in the eyes are incredibly painful and can make you blind.

From the slaughterhouse, we hear, for the first time, what YOU sound like screaming in terror as you see others dying all around you, knowing that you are next.

From endless rows of stacked-up battery cages, we cry for those of you who remain alive inside, crushed together in tiny spaces, wondering if you will ever move freely again.

From metal gestation crates, we mourn for the young who will grow up without their mothers' love, and for the mothers whose babies have been ripped away from them forever.

From radios and televisions, we hear you sharing your grief and pain and promising your loved ones that they will never be forgotten. We hear angry voices promising to avenge the evil and make sure it never happens again.

From every factory farm, research lab, circus truck and slaughterhouse, we hear your cries as you experience what, for us, is everyday life.

Will you ever hear ours?

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