Writing To Further Animal Welfare

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As we all stood by

Had a bit of encouragement for my poetry recently from another animal welfare site                    THE ANIMAL SPIRITS which encouraged me to write the following poem/story after seeing a lorry crammed with chickens on the way to the abbatoir.

chicken leg

As we all stood by

the breath of a thousand young souls

leaking from hot cramped cages

as the lorries role into the abattoir

terror the common denominator

 As we all stood by

cage opens legs grabbed terror increases

wings flapping useless, voices screaming

bodies hung on hooks no chance of escape

moving towards there mechanical end

 As we all stood by

electric shocks stun, heads and wings hang

knives cut, steam scalds, bodies prepared

in automated measure all trace of life removed

prepared packed and chilled souls still departing

 As we all stood by

special offer today no more cheep just cheap

detached from reality the deed done for us

shielded from the responsibility of wielding the blade

we ask no questions, don’t want the answers

As we all stood by

Paul Svendsen

chicken leg

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