Humane: adjective. Having or showing compassion or benevolence.
Origin: from the earlier form of "human", Latin Middle English.
Oxford dictionary, 2010 edition.
Why is it that we humans can't live by its definition?
They tell us, "be fair to all things alive",
Before turning around to take another life
We claim that we're good, we claim that we're higher
While mutilating mice and setting shrimp on fire
Abusing the animals sharing our home
Treating them as if they're objects to own
We make them machines and cut them till they bleed
Making their lives hell to satisfy our greed
Imprisoned for life in a tiny metal cage
None of them will ever make it up to old age
Shackled to a metal bar, hanging by their feet
It's too late when they realize they're about to become meat
They're slaughtered each day, their lives taken freely
Labelled as food and packaged so neatly
Meanwhile in a lab, cruel scientists hide
Behind labels like "tested" and "medically verified"
As they tie rabbits down and put acid in their eyes
Among gauges and needles, rats too meet their demise
They hide the abuse and thrive on deception
Call themselves good and fuel misconception
Secretly committing a mass genocide
Concealing the facts that'd leave buyers horrified
When it comes to emotions like sadness or joy
A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy
We all want to live, we all want to survive
Every sentient being deserves the gift of life
Together, we'll end the animals' plight
As we fight in the battle for animal rights
We'll show them the path to abolishing pain
And re-teach them what it means to be humane.
Thank you for taking the time to read "Humane"! As you may be able to tell, this is actually a slam poem I wrote in support of the animal rights movement, which I performed live for an audience including the poet Luka Lesson earlier this academic year. I hope you enjoyed it! If you have thoughts, praise, or constructive criticism, please do not hesitate to leave them in the reviews. However, because of the political and highly controversial nature of this poem, I do ask that you refrain from making comments on the topic instead of the writing itself. I appreciate your understanding.