Gorillas, whales and baby seals
Rhinos, Elephants and quail
Defiant in the undergrowth
We have blasted them to hell
Forests, land and water
Air, us and sea swell
A job that’s well worth doing
For the pleasure or the sell
Caged, tortured, maimed
Hunted, poked, impaled
Badgered to extinction
Even bugs are not doing well
Why take the time to do it slow
Why not get it over quick?
Put life out of its misery
Kill the planet
Don’t leave it sick!
As a child I climbed the trees, paddled in the ponds and streams and lost myself in the world of nature.
The jam-jars were full of newts and tadpoles. A pit down the garden teemed with frogs, toads, snakes and slow-worms.
There were aquaria of caterpillars and all the mice, guinea pigs and rabbits a boy could love.
Somewhere across the seas I knew there were jungles teeming with gorillas, tigers and rhinos. All I knew back then was that I wanted to be living in among them.
Between now and then the world has changed. Pesticides have robbed the ditches and ponds of amphibians, tarmac has stolen the grass-snakes homes and insecticides have thinned the butterflies to a scant flurry.
Across the seas it is even worse as the jungles are systematically chopped, animals hacked and driven away and nature is on the run.
The cruelty, thoughtlessness and suffering distress me. We are creating a plastic planet with no room left for the creatures I adore.
The 7 billion of us cannot even leave room for 500 tigers.
The future looks horrifying. There are times when you think – ‘Just get it over with!’