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Prayer Circle for Animals Weekly Update
June 30, 2014

Our prayers for all animals continue to circle the earth, to uplift humanity's consciousness, and to bless the animals themselves. Thank you for joining people around the world who are praying this prayer in many different languages but all with the same love:


“Rags,” a poem by Edmund Vance Cooke (1866-1932)
We called him “RAGS.”  He was just a cur, but twice on the Western Line,
That little old bunch of faithful fur had offered his life for mine.
And all that he got was bones and bread or the leavings of soldier grub,
But he’d give his heart for a pat on the head or a friendly tickle and rub.
But we mustered out, some to beer and gruel, and some to sherry and shad,
And I went back to the Sawbones school where I was still an undergrad.
One day they took us budding M.D.s to one of those institutes
Where they demonstrate every new disease by means of bisected brutes.
They had one animal tacked and tied and slit like a full-dressed fish,
With his vitals pumping away inside as pleasant as one might wish.
I stopped to look like the rest, of course, and the beast’s eyes leveled mine;
His short tail thumped with a feeble force, and he uttered a tender whine.
It was Rags, yes, Rags! who was martyred there; who was quartered and crucified,
And he whined that whine which is doggish prayer and he licked my hand—and died.
And if there’s no heaven for love like that, for such four-legged fealty-well!
If I have any choice, I tell you flat, I’ll take my chance in hell.
Since that poem was written, many people have awakened
Perhaps that poem had a part in that.  Many compassionate people have been horrified about animal experimentation in medical schools and opposed it over the centuries.  PCRM.org and other modern groups have done amazing work helping medical and veterinary schools find alternatives to such barbaric torture of our brother and sister animals.  Today 96% of U.S. medical schools no longer use live animals in medical student training.  That is something to celebrate and a clear and promising indication that when we speak for the animals, things get better for them.
Dedicating our tears and prayers this week to the animals and the experimenters
Still there is much left to do, and, of course, there is still animal experimentation going on for drug testing and many other abominable practices.  This week let us collect our tears for the suffering of experimental animals and create a river of compassion that flows around the world to bless them all and give them some comfort.  Let us envision this symbolic river washing over  the scientists and technicians and purifying their hearts and minds.  This pure water that is made of the tears of love opens their eyes to the truth of who these animals are, and one by one they will find ways to end these tortures forever, wash the blood and violence from their hands, and finally find peace for themselves and the animals.
We give thanks for this purifying love that is in everything everywhere; love that we can draw upon at any time to send to the animals and to the experimenters.  We give thanks that these people, like Edmund and like ourselves, can and will wake up.  We give thanks also for the many sanctuaries that are available to give compassionate homes to the animals who are liberated from the hell of science.  We give thanks for PCRM and all the other groups working so hard to free the animals.  It is happening.  It is real, because it is Love.

With Love, peace, and gratitude from Judy, and Will, Madeleine, and the Circle of Compassion team.

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May this music of liberation and respect for all life bring us closer than
we’ve ever been to a world of peace for all beings everywhere.
Please visit the website www.circleofcompassion.org often to see updates and special prayers, and also to join in our "A prayer a day for animals" which features a prayer for a different group of animals each day of the week. It is also a place to send ideas or prayer requests.

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