Heather Leughmyer animal rightsModern Slaughter
By Heather Leughmyer
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.

Modern Slaughter
By Heather Leughmyer

Behind thick doors
Windowless walls
Dangling bodies bleed.
Despite desperate cries
Frantic fights
Eyes that beg and plead.

Each precious neck
Parting heart from head.
Each sweet brown face
Swiftly stained
A sticky, sickly red.

Life slowly seeps
From each guiltless soul
And falls at the killer’s feet.
The butchers continue
On still-conscious minds
Turning muscle into “meat.”

Severed vocal chords
Are unsuccessful
Translating pain to sound.
So silently
They suffer
As limbs drop to the ground.

As they hang dying
Piece by piece
This could be called “alarming.”
Instead this vile hell on earth
Is simply
“Modern farming.”

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