I have not yet seen Christa Blanke’s new book, With the Eyes of Love, but I hope to read it soon. An excerpt is featured in PETA’s recent “Animal Times.” It is a poem recounting an experience bearing witness and holding a candlelight vigil for pigs as they were being unloaded and marched to a German slaughterhouse that kills 5,000 pigs per day. Here is a part of that poem/tribute.
“…Her ears bent forward. Her nose into the icy wind.
Her right rear leg is broken. She must be in great pain.
But she stands there quite still. The pig looks in our direction.
At our tiny candles which keep going out in the draughts of this winter night.
The pig looks in our direction.
Then she limps on, head high, down the ramp.
Morituri te salutant. We who are about to die salute you.
Doris weeps beside me. She clenches her fists inside the pockets of her black anorak.
The dignity of pigs is inalienable, she says quietly, and lights another candle.”
This week the pigs at that slaughterhouse and at killing floors all over the world will be walking, limping, and being dragged to their deaths. In our prayers this week:
Let us affirm the dignity and grace with which they die;
Let us affirm that, although we cannot be with each one of them, there is a salute, a greeting, from their spirits to ours and back again;
Let us affirm that they somehow know that we are fighting for the liberation of those that will come after them;
Let us affirm that those hired to kill these intelligent, sensitive beings are all growing in awareness and are finding it more and more impossible to deny their empathy and to continue to kill;
And finally let us rejoice that these pigs are now free from the cruelties and violence of, as yet, unawakened human beings.
Thank you for your faithful prayers and visionary thoughts. Thanks to all of you, compassion is encircling the earth for all beings. Thank you for your devotion to truth, love, liberation and peace for all beings.
Thanks to all of you, compassion is encircling the earth for all beings. Thank you for your devotion to truth, love, liberation and peace for all beings.
With Love, peace, and gratitude from Judy, and Will, Madeleine, and the Circle of Compassion team.
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