As Children

As children 

We are taught
To love animals
We take in dogs, Cats. Rabbits.
Fish restrained in bowls.
Birds in cages.

But, we are taught.
To feed, love and respect them.
To treat them as part of the family.

Yet, the love and respect ends
When dinner is served 

We are served up baby animals on plate
Milk for growing bones
                           Milk that was meant for another 

The love and respect we have for animals needs to proceed our appetites
It needs to exceed past end of the bed where our furry children nestle
And it needs to encompass all animals
NOT just the ones in our houses 


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