Please don’t make fun of me
When I say I’m a vegan
Because you say you love Fluffy
And turn around to eat his animal brethren.
I love animals in the same way that you do,
And I consider them with every action I take,
Every move that is made,
With every word that I say.
All of me wishes that when we stand against cruelty
We mean not just the pets but also the industry,
That I don’t have to think of cow raping
When I see easy cheese can squeezing,
That I don’t hear screaming
When I see bacon sizzling.
Because I swear it hurts the animals
More than it hurts me,
More than it hurts
The meat eaters across the street.
Have you seen the shows
Where the flesh eaters cry “no”
When they see the light go
Out of the lamb’s deep brown eyes
And hear her cries
And watch her die.
I know it’s about the elephants slaving every day,
I know it’s about the puppies kicked in the face,
About the kitten getting starved,
About the pets that get mauled
By the cruel humans
That have the gall.
But why is it illegal to leave
Pets in hot cars
When it’s perfectly fine
To kill a baby for your veal?
To skin a being for fashion?
To stab the bodies of the breathing?
Have you seen the videos
Of cows being so excited
To see grass for the first time?
Of mommies seeing their babies
So they happy cry?
And of them crying again
When children are stolen away,
To be ground up for deli meat
In the next few days?
Animal cruelty is not limited to
The adorable species we choose to value
Because speciesism also hurts you.
The dairy industry is ruining the environment,
It’s hurting the water supply
And destroying digestive tracts.
The same goes for eggs and for meat,
As the corporations feed us deceit.
So, yes, love your puppy,
Love your kitten,
Love your pet fish.
Cry when Scales dies
But don’t you dare try
Putting salmon on the dinner table.
How do you like your chicken?
But you keep your canary
In the cage by your bedside.
What we have isn’t speciesism,
It’s selective care.
But why do butchers go insane,
After the inhumanity
Of killing for several years?
My cause isn’t a self-righteous one,
It’s a fight for universal well being
For my parents sitting next to me,
For lack of eating with humanity,
Because the ozone layer is dying
And because parents are crying
As their children die for food
And as kids in poverty are starving.
If we didn’t have to have steak
That only tastes good with flavoring,
Billions of people wouldn’t die
Because of starving
Heart attacks, and there would be less memory decaying.
So for the love of the people
You happen to care about,
Don’t poke your meat at me
Because all I want
Is the best future there can be.
My children will live in a world of oceans without fishies,
Of drought spreading to oases,
Of excitement to see a single tree.
I want to promise that
I gave it all I had
When I stopped eating the things
That only did me bad
When I ate them for dinner
Which killed the starving lads
Living below the poverty line.
Protecting the puppies
Is a valiant act to deliver,
But I believe the same
Of saving people’s damaged livers.
Our bodies can’t take
The poisons that we feed them,
So my fight is for the whole world
And not with a negative motivation.
When the animal product industry
Does more damage than cars
And plastic bags,
I believe our focus
Is to have a different kind of saving plan.
We hate that dogs are eaten
For the sake of Chinese tradition,
So I feel the same way
About your cows and chicken.
So I beg
For the environment
For the death rates
For the speciesism,
Don’t judge me for my veganism.