Lynne GoldsmithKangaroos in Our Shoes: Largest Commercial Slaughter (Land-based Wildlife)
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Kangaroos in Our Shoes: Largest Commercial Slaughter (Land-based Wildlife)
By Lynne Goldsmith

It’s all in the shoes—
kangaroo that is.
How Adidas, Nike,
New Balance, Puma,
etc., etc., etc.,
manufacture animals

of how there is no choice—
as in gone from the herd,
species to be killed,
40,000 every month,
three million yearly hunted,
hundreds of thousands
little ones taken down
into the millions too,

but the numbers
I cannot get straight,
my head, can’t think
of these details,
New South Wales,

where nights of killing
are what’s expected,

when the social roos
forage on grass
(babies in pouch),

having to stomp
for sounds of danger—

mob fear of death
we wear in our shoes.

©Lynne Goldsmith, 2022

Image by Sofie Zbořilová from Pixabay

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