Others Who Want to be Free

I interrupt these English Kadhavu updates to bring you a poem that I wrote. This blog isn’t only about my trip to India, after all!

I wrote this poem a few months ago, and it means a lot to me because I feel like it truly captures the way I feel about animal rights. I hope you get the same out of reading this that I did out of writing it.

Others Who Want to be Free

There’s no difference between a cat and a cow

A dog and a pig, and you people ask how

The answer is that we all have emotion

The expression of pain, or of love and devotion

And yet we behave like we’re better than the rest.

If you can’t speak for yourself, that makes you an object.

Do we treat the mute with this little respect?

And what of the crippled, the blind or the deaf?

They say we need meat to survive

So that makes it okay

To torture these animals

To make them our slaves

The things going on are over the top

We do more than kill, and it needs to stop

We torture and maim, we don’t show them love

We don’t kill, we slaughter

And it’s something we’re proud of

Everything on this planet is for human consumption

At least that’s what they have us believe

But we need to remember that we’re sharing this planet

With others who want to be free.

The things you can learn about the factory farming industry may shock you. The only solution to the cruelty is to educate the public on the inhumane treatment that goes on in factory farms and slaughterhouses, so that people can make more compassionate choices when it comes to food they buy. Ignoring this problem won’t make it go away. Pretending that all farm animals are treated well won’t change the truth. Please educate yourselves, educate others, and make choices that don’t result in the despicable torture of millions of living and sentient beings every year. I promise it’s not that hard.