Heather Leughmyer animal rightsNo Longer A Number
By Heather Leughmyer
An Animal Rights Poem from All-Creatures.org

Poems of compassion dedicated to the non-human animals who share this planet with us and the people who fight for them.


No Longer A Number
By Heather Leughmyer

A tender ear punctured, a bright yellow tag
You are now number 151
Just another component of the dairy machine
A cog Ďtil we say you are done.

Youíll generate babies - byproducts to us
Weíll take them the day they are born
Industryís indifferent to heartbroken mothers
Money doesnít care if you mourn.

Youíll produce what we need to live in our mansions
To pay for our luxury cars
Pain is your prison, you secretly suffer
Your misery safe behind bars.

You barely existed until one fateful day
Kindness freed you and gave you a name
Number 151 is now Lily
And your life is no longer the same.

You are somebody now, not just something
No longer a unit or part
Compassion knew you counted
Time promised to heal your heart.

To you itís just a nightmare now
But for billions more itís real
Itís business as usual:
Imprison, rape, and steal.

To the 152s and the 251s
To every number without a choice
Iíll never stop telling your stories
Iíll never stop being your voice.

rescued goat
Images from Anita Krajnc, TorontoPigSave.org

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