Fruits or flesh?
By Venkatesh Govindarajan
An Animal Rights Poem from

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.

Fruits or flesh?
By Venkatesh Govindarajan, Senior Lecturer, Karlstad University, Sweden

I am the King of the jungle,

fierce, feared, brave and strong.

But my subjects do not assemble,

they have not done that for long.

I thought that fear evokes respect,

but perhaps I was always wrong.

If a King preys on his subjects,

what respect does he expect?

My father, his own, and every lion before them,

were all actually so abject!

I need to bring about a revolution,

have a lot of things to correct.

First of all, to start this year afresh,

I vow to give up eating flesh!

lion food

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