shenita-etwarooThe Voices That Cannot Speak
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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.

The Voices That Cannot Speak
By Shenita Etwaroo

If you had the chance to hear them
Would they be asking you why?
Would they want to know what they did wrong:
Why they deserve to die?

If you had the chance to hear them
Would they tell you they’re in pain?
Being taken in this awful way
Is cruelty ever sane?

Some may feel these animals may pass
For food, or even fur
But can there be any explanation
As torture occurs?

Every day innocent animals
Are taken from their grace
No concern about their comfort
Just tossed all over the place

Have you ever had a pet yourself
Someone you called your own?
Would it be acceptable for one
To take them from your home?

Think about how your own pet would feel
Or any you may know
Think about what they would say to you
Before they were to go

If these voices could speak to us now
They might apologize
Though not knowing what they did was wrong
Through sadness in their eyes.

© Shenita Etwaroo

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