Britain is a nation of animal lovers

 

 

“I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.” (Genesis 1:29)

 

Britain is a nation of animal lovers:
Brockenhurst, Brockley, Shrewton, Shrewsbury;
Finchley, Foxton, Harefield, Hartland.

Britain is a nation of animal lovers:
Leighton Buzzard, Larkhall, Hornchurch, Hennock;
Crowborough, Crowhurst, Crowland, Crowden.

Britain is a nation of animal lovers:
Catford, Codford, Fishguard, Frognall;
Monkey Island, Isle of Dogs, Sheepstor, Hound Tor.

Britain is a nation of animal lovers:
Mousehole, Molesey, Lapford, Duxford;
Buckhurst Hill, Buckfastleigh, Buckingham, Buckfast.

Britain is a nation of animal lovers:
Sharkham, Fishcombe, Cowley, Cowdenbeath;
Weston-under-Lizard, Weston Super Mare.

Britain is a nation of animal lovers:
Tiger Bay, Kidsgrove, Ramsgate, Moorhaven;
Sheepwash, Shepperton, Swansea, Swanage.

Britain is a nation of animal lovers:
Oxborough, Oxted, Oxford… Oxshott?
Killington, Sharpham;
Lancing, Staines.
Liverpool…Bruton!

Upper Slaughter, Lower Slaughter;
Lustleigh, Wrexham.
Cookham, Bakewell;
Weymouth, Ham.

Bantham, Crawley…
Calstock, Whipton?
(Brightlingsea, Barnstaple)
Shipham – Hull.

“Newmarket,” “Luxborough”
“Woolacombe,” “Wareham”!
Leatherhead… “Hyde”!
“Flesh Shank”! … (Hexworthy!)

Shooter’s Hill, Gunnersbury;
Huntingdon, Dartmeet.
(Monksilver, Goldsithey,)
Barrow in Furness.

Cockshot, Crackington ‘Haven,’
(Devil’s Lapful, Helston.)
Wakefield! Swimbridge!
Chacewater… Pant.

Madron, Redruth, Huntspill,
Taunton! (“Findlater.”)
Shitterton! Shittington!
Upper Bleeding! Ugley.

Castle Carey. Broadchurch. Westminster. Paul.
(Kidderminster! Warminster! Axminster! Horsham!)

Angel… Grateley.
(Inner Hope?) Outer Hope!
St Peter Port, Purley.
Godrevy: Crossford.
Great Cockup.
Eye. Watchet.

Bulwell? Chickerell? Cowes?
Sale? Dagenham? Spilsby?
Redditch? Redhill? Saltash?
Burntwood? Chard? Cinderford?
Whaley Bridge?
Harpenden?
Shaftesbury?
Shepton Mallet?
Stockport?

Godalming! Godmanchester! Goole!
Gravesend! Grimsby! Haltwhistle!

Lostwithiel!
Gainsborough!
Richmond!
Mere!

Worthing!
Highworth!
Kenilworth!
Hayle!
Hawkinge.
Horncastle.
Illminster!
Penwortham!

Letchworth Garden City!
Welwyn Garden City!
Leek!
Reepham!
Rye!
Harrow!
Nuneaton!
Peacehaven!
Edenbridge!
Fairford!

Yeovil!
Painswick!
Scarborough?
Scunthorpe!
Todmorden?
Stonehouse!

Sevenoaks?
Ferndown?
Minehead!
Nomansland!

Petersfield?
Royal Leamington Spa?
Royal Wootton Bassett?
Royal Tunbridge Wells?
Helmsley?
Fakenham!

East Grinstead?
Cockermouth!

Braintree?
Whitworth!

Topsham!
Woburn!
Mile End!
The End.

 

Heidi Stephenson

 

NOTE: This poem is made up of genuine, British place names.

 

In the UK alone:

 

  • More than 1 billion land animals (excluding fish and shellfish) lose their lives to the ‘meat’ industry every year.
  • 4 million animals die as a result of “vivisection” annually.
  • 35 million pheasants and red-legged partridges are released into their air, for shooting and killing every ‘season’.
  • 700, 000 grouse are shot down additionally.
  • Over 16,000 wild animals are killed during illegal hunts, year on year. (This does not include the figure for stags.)
  • Globally, over 75 million animals (and 1 billion rabbits on top of that) are killed for their fur alone, every year – a significant percentage of which is imported into the UK for our ‘fashion’ industry.

 

These figures are courtesy of People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPETAUK and the League Against Cruel Sports https://www.league.org.uk/.

 

 

 


By Heidi Stephenson

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