Ode To A Fox
By Judi Hewitt
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.

Ode To A Fox
By Judi Hewitt

L.A.C.S. Supporter
from The Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals, Bulletin 65, Spring 2005

fox face

The hunt has arrived - to the sound of the horn 
As my cubs snuggle closer - on this their last dawn 
Can the hunters not hear my anguished cry? 
If I stay with my babies - I'll certainly die 
My cubs have not yet learned - to fear mankind 
And so I'm afraid - we'll be easy to find 
Can the hunt not feel a mother's pain? 
As they butcher my cubs - without any shame 
My family in tatters - my world torn apart 
The hunters now have me - and rip out my heart 
So the next time you see the hunt 
Laughing with glee 
Think of my poor cubs - then think about me.

group foxes

Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, 
But to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission - 
To be of service to them wherever they require it. 
~Francis of Assisi

Fox photos from Our Neighbors: The Foxes

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