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Australias shame

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Australias shame

Australia's shame

Four Million Kangaroos they say
In the year of 0 0 nine            
They could be murdered by cruel men
And this old heart of mine
It fills with sorrow over this
These icons of our land
Are shot down for the sake of it
To die upon the sand.

They have to shoot each in the head
Authorities, they say
They tell us this be more humane
And this they think’s okay!
Yet a hundred thousand carcasses
Tell us this is not so
These Kangaroos they die in pain
How can men sink so low?

As one travels the north-west roads
These beasts are everywhere
Mowed down by trucks, in death they lie
It isn’t bloody fair
I love these grand Marsupials
They be so beautiful
How can we treat such graceful beasts
So very, very cruel?

16 November 2013 @ 1355hrs.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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  1. Date: 11/18/2013 8:13:00 PM
    Australia's shame, indeed. I recall this controversy well, when I lived there. An excellent piece, Peter, well said.

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 11/19/2013 3:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Miss wattle, there are many I know who would totally disagree with me on this one. I appreciate your comments...peter
  1. Date: 11/18/2013 1:45:00 AM
    This is such a shame!!! We have no right to treat animals this way... thank you for bringing this to light, I hope the protest strengthens enough to be able to stop this cruelty. A sad, but beautiful write, Peter.

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 11/19/2013 3:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Bindu; what is it about the human race that they love to destroy beauty. it brings tears to my eyes sometimes. As always I truly appreciate your kind words....Peter
  1. Date: 11/17/2013 1:30:00 PM
    This is heartbreaking to hear....... how sad this poem. Thank you for bringing this to light......the more we know, the more we can protest this cruelty. thank you/1

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 11/17/2013 2:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You are so right Carrie. Men have to prove their masculinity, so they do it with big guns and little minds. thank you for your comments...peter
  1. Date: 11/16/2013 10:31:00 PM
    Well Peter, I hope this is not the fate of the Roo's this is cruel... thank you for showing the reality in a mans heart... xox~ LINDA

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 11/17/2013 2:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Linda. What is it about the human race that they have to destroy everything that's beautiful. That's what I like about writing. it's a way of passing on the truth...peter
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    Date: 11/16/2013 10:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sorry for the double click Peter, i did not see the comment go through the first time... hugs
  1. Date: 11/16/2013 10:30:00 PM
    Well Peter, I hope this is not the fate of the Roo's this is cruel... thank you for showing the reality in a mans heart... xox~ LINDA

  1. Date: 11/16/2013 10:06:00 PM
    Such carnage is a shame. It seems there should be a more humane way to thin out the kangaroo population if they are so abundant. Thank you for bringing this to light. It's very sad.

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 11/17/2013 2:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Jon. I think it is the duty of anyone that can write to expose these cruelties. I hate this thing in mankind which causes so much carnage. I appreciate your kind words...Peter
  1. Date: 11/16/2013 8:45:00 PM
    very sad story Peter.....is this done every year?....

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 11/17/2013 2:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I don't know Joseph, but I do know that there are many in this country that love to destroy beauty for their own pleasure....peter
  1. Date: 11/16/2013 8:31:00 PM
    So sad Peter Seems we both have the deaths of these sweet creatures in our hearts of late. Your empathy shines through. SuZ

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 11/17/2013 2:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you SuZ, I read your poem on these beautiful creatures, and this is a subject dear to my heart. I love animals, but I am not sure about the human race. I appreciate your kind words....peter