Writing To Further Animal Welfare



Dusk red light through leafy roof

Reveals a nose sniffing for proof

That no danger exists close by

Now head with stripe exposed to sky


Moving off no time to wait

Down well-worn path and under gate

She completes her tasks along the way

The same as she does every day


Then back to den so much to do

Clean out the set and rouse her crew

Five perfect cubs from down below

Emerge and play in the moons glow


With bedding changed and chores all done

Now is the time to have some fun

She gives one cub a playful nip

He jumps and rolls and makes a yip


She looks after all her family

It is just how nature should be

But humans being what we are

Will decide her fate from afar


And one night soon her cubs will learn

That mother never will return

And so alone under a dark cold sky

The cubs will one by one all die


We justify our killing spree

By saying badgers must not run free

Because they spread death and disease

Will bring our farmers to their knees


It’s not the badgers we should blame

There guilt’s not proven it is a shame

Its farming that has caused this grief

And all because we want cheap beef


When will we stop and realise

That all creatures under the skies

Deserve respect, a place to live

It is a gift only we can give


Paul Svendsen

September 2013


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