A Sad Tradition
By Lance Landall
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.

A Sad Tradition
By Lance Landall

A Sad Tradition

Wow! That was really awesome, Dad, and what an amazing prize,
It was quietly grazing then BANG! you caught it by surprise.
I saw it stumble, try to get back up, and then it fell,
But you got it real good, Dad what a rush, watching you kill.

Could I have a go please, Dad? Id love to get as good as you,
And surely if I practice, Ill become a great shot too.
Ill sneak up on some creature, innocently standing there,
And BANG! down it will go, twisting, twitching, legs in the air.

I promise Ill take care, Dad, so please can I try your gun?
I want to be a hunter too, and together well have fun.
Ill follow in your footsteps, and one day, teach my kids to kill,
And then theyll teach their kids too, wholl soon pick up on that skill.

Id never kill a human though, as taking lifes not right,
Id only have a creature in my telescopic sight.
And I would teach my children that the only blood to spill,
Is a creatures whose execution gives hunters a thrill.

After all, theyre just creatures, ay Dad? And therefore, fair game,
Though I wouldnt hurt my pet, as a pets just not the same.
I know its still a creature, but its different, ay Dad?
And if anyone were to hurt it boy, would I feel bad.

Anyway, I think were there, Dad Im sure its here somewhere,
Yes, see the splashes of blood on those bushes over there?
There it is. Its a beauty. I wish I could have killed it,
Although Id pass when it comes to skinning I must admit.

What if I hold your gun, Dad, so you can carry the deer?
Ill be really careful wow, its a cool one, all that gear.
When I get my own gun, Dad, I will treat it special too,
And that same love for killing enjoy, foster and pursue.


Dad, Dad ...? 

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