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“I Will Not Stand By” A POWERFUL Slam Poem 19 Years in the Making [Non-Graphic Version]

This is a non-graphic version of Gary Yourofsky's poem.  You can find find the original here.  Gary is no stranger to powerful words.   But in today's video post you will hear him in a way you never have before in all of his talks and interviews.  Gary wrote this spoken word piece in 1996 about the atrocities we inflict upon animals every single day–about the horrors they experience.  And now, 19 year later, I have the distinct pleasure of bringing his words to life in a video.  I am humbled and honored.  I hope you listen and watch and give these animals their voice.

Here is Gary's poem in full, but I strongly encourage you to listen to his delivery. [tweet this poem]

The videos I've seen

Heinous and malicious

Images of carnage

Evil and wicked

Abattoirs of horror

Slashed throats and severed bodies

Dismembered heads and hooves

Mass killings so ungodly

The fur electrocutions

Anal and genital

Gassings and neck-breakings

The scenes are unfathomable

Baby seals being clubbed

For their skins we shall beat them

Foxes in steel traps

A leg chewed off for freedom

Is it elegant and glamorous

A death sentence for their beauty

Or repugnant and loathsome

That's injustice and iniquity

A cow ovariectomy

Without anesthetic

A pig being scorched

Burn research is pathetic

Toxicity tests in a rabbit's eyes

A circus elephant is beaten

In chains he cries

A mouse convulsing from a lethal injection

A live cat embalmed and used for dissection

Our compassion, unfocused

In a skewed direction

Medical research need not vivisection

A baboon dazed in a head injury lab

Researchers remorseless

Three of them laugh

It's the humans, the humans

Most horrifying of all

Blinded by their actions

Deafened to the calls

The reprehensible acts

Which I will never forget

The sinful atrocities on God's pets

It's not inconvenient

To care is magnanimous

To save a life is honorable

To issue death is blasphemous

I cannot and will not stand by without choice

I'll decipher their cries and be their voice

In creating the video for this piece, I poured through hours of brutal footage.  This project has shaken me to my core, as so many do.  I certainly hope it has reached you as well.  Please share this post around to spread the truth and give a voice to the so often ignored animal victims.

I'd love to hear what you thought of Gary's work in the comments!

See ya next nugget!







★Watch More!

The Original Video of This Poem (with visuals)

Topics Addressed:
Animal Testing
Pet Animals
Animals for Food
Animals for Clothing
Animals for Entertainment
Ethics and Morality
Our Disconnect
Speaking Up for the Animals

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