Heather Leughmyer animal rightsBacon
By Heather Leughmyer
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.

By Heather Leughmyer

Heather Leughmeyer poetry bacon
Image from
Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

A slab of flesh so grotesquely desired

Drowning in grease, not advised or required

Clogging the arteries, clearly a vice

But the non-human victim pays the real price.

Without anesthesia, as babies they’re maimed

Billions of beings, unique but unnamed

Bodies imprisoned, minds that go mad

Severely they suffer, so intensively sad.

Like 3-year old humans, alert and aware

Of stifling indifference so thick in the air

Their only release, a torturous end

They’ll never know freedom or the warmth of a friend.

Throats will be slit, blood will be spattered

Consciously boiled, but what does it matter?

Who mourns the loss of each innocent soul?

When misery makes such a great bacon bowl!

Who cares that you pay to put others through hell?

Sizzling sorrow has such a nice smell!

So what if each piece causes torment and pain

There are lives to be lost and diseases to gain!

Each slice of bacon costs more than you think

It belonged to a playful little bundle of pink

With a curious demeanor and a sweet, squishy snout

They’re the who, not the what, this poem’s really about.

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