Every year in animal agriculture worldwide, we kill 65 000 000 000 land based animals.
Where do Quakers stand with respect to these animals and their lives, and the lives of animals generally?
This article by Les Mitchell of Central and Southern Africa Yearly Meeting was first featured in volume 8, issue 1 (January 2017) of Quaker Voices (a publication of Quaker Life of Britain Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends)
To do this to such a thing
that was, this morning, so fine a thing,
so red and real a thing, so running free
to do this thing to such a thing
so that now, this evening, it is no more
a thing than a mud-mangled thing,
bedraggled thing, its eyes popped out
as if on springs, a cartoon thing, a wrecked
and torn and bone-broken thing, its entrails
trailing as the thing is held up, bowel hanging
out like a string of chipolata things.
From a sunning itself thing,
russet light-catching thing, young-rearing thing,
to a red running thing, over-blown, worn down,
Eyes on stalks. Heart thrown to the dogs.
This poem is by QCA member Fiona Owen, from Going Gentle (Gomer).
The poem has been sent to David Cameron on behalf of QCA, in time for the vote to amend the Hunting Act at noon on Wednesday 15th July.