Heartless Confinement
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.

Heartless Confinement
By Lance Landall

Theyíre kept in a tiny cage, a prison, in other words, 
Incarcerated for life, never to be free, like other birds. 
And there, those birds will remain, till finally, there theyíll die, 
Yes, a heartless confinement, that no one can justify.

Itís no minor infringement, itís acting inhumanely, 
Itís time folk stopped to think, as itís cruelty, quite plainly. 
Itís just deriving pleasure, from some creatureís misery, 
In other words, enjoying yourself, very tastelessly.

Back and forth they hop each day, for what else can caged birds do? 
What a mindless existence, and so unnatural too. 
Iím sure it drives them crazy, it must have some ill effect, 
For after all, itís a form of abuse, we all should reject.

No, birds werenít meant to be caged, but rather, flying freely, 
Enjoying their habitat, yes, living naturally. 
Theyíre not toys or ornaments, theyíre living creatures with rights, 
Thus, itís wrong that their imprisonment, amuses and delights.

Not one creature should be caged, accept where necessary, 
And nor should humans either, be imprisoned wrongfully. 
Itís selfish, perhaps sadistic, keeping creatures in a cage, 
And should the tables be turned, oh, how loudly we would rage.

Iím not mincing my words, am I? And neither should I, friend, 
For caging innocent creatures, is a practice that should end. 
How can we, who champion freedom, not grant them freedom too; 
Surely thatís hypocritical, yes, behaviour thatís askew.

Please donít become the warden of a prison in your home, 
A prison with an inmate, unable to fly or roam. 
Consider how you would feel, should you be kept in a cell, 
Just for someoneís enjoyment, completely against your will.

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