Heidi StephensonTruth Tankas 3
Animal Rights Poetry By Heidi Stephenson 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.

Truth Tankas 3
By Heidi Stephenson

Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
(Thomas A. Edison)

So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.
(Matthew 7:12)


In Spain, they hang dogs.
Each year, thousands of “galgos”
Meet a brutal end;
Hunters tie them up in trees -
Leave them dangling from nooses.


Japanese dolphins
Are forced into coves:
Corralled and cut up alive.
Twenty-thousand die each year.
The rest sent to marine parks.

Cut Price

Zimbabwe’s mass sale:
Wild animals to be sold now.
A price on their heads.
Elephants sent to China -
(For their ‘ivory.’)

 Fluffy Jumper

‘Angora’ rabbits
Have all their soft fur ripped out.
Silent beings scream.
They shake and bleed, in dire pain -
For the sake of a sweater.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

We smoke, drink, gorge, stress -
Then search for cures for cancer.
Rats, mice, dogs…in hell.
Licensed torture in ‘science’ labs,
For hard drugs that just don’t work.

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