Abattoir
By Lynne Goldsmith


An Animal Rights Poem from All-Creatures.org

Abattoir
By Lynne Goldsmith

Increased line speeds
animals on their way to death by blade
means more mouths to feed

around the world

140 birds slaughtered each minute
inside this plant where creatures are bred,
punched, hurled, thrown down

shackled to drown in electric stunning baths
that malfunction to slow pains of death

and to where animals are thrown into scalding tanks
before bleeding out after short life of ammonia burns
from being left to eat, sleep, stand in waste—their own

legs collapsing from weight of genetically altered bodies
from humans there is no stopping

machinations for now.  


My forthcoming poetry book, Secondary Cicatrices, won the Halcyon Poetry Contest and will be published by Middle Creek Publishing.  I have been a semi-finalist in The Nation magazine for the Discovery Poetry Contest and my poetry has been published in Spillway, Red Owl Magazine, Soul Fountain, Geronimo, Manzanita, Squaw Review, Parody Poetry Journal, Thimble Literary Magazine, among others.


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