Heidi StephensonTruth Tankas 1
Animal Rights Poetry By Heidi Stephenson From All-Creatures.org

Poems of compassion dedicated to the non-human animals who share this planet with us and the people who fight for them.

Truth Tankas 1
By Heidi Stephenson

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
(Mahatma Gandhi)

'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these…you did it to me.'
(Matthew 25:40)

Midsummer Murders

In Yulin, China,
The Midsummer is blood red.
They steal and kill dogs:
Skinning from throat to anus.
Screaming cats face the same fate.

The Baby Killers

‘Country’ fox hunters,
Spend their summers killing cubs;
Digging them from dens -
Watching while hounds tear newborns.
Mocking at animal life.

The Fate Of Furry Animals

On Ireland’s mink “farms”
The animals live in hell:
Cramped in wire cages -
Anal electrocution
Or gassing, their only hope.

A Bleeding Luxury

Feather down is made,
By plucking live geese, who bleed;
Their suffering great -
So that we can dream soundly,
In unethical comfort.

Tobacco Slave

While all of England sleeps,
A beagle screams out in pain:
Her lungs smoke-broken;
Forced to inhale for weeks now -
Deprived of God-given air.

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