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Why do we treat animals, like animals? 

From the movie Dr. Dolittle - Twentieth Century Fox Productions 
(The 1967 version of Dr Dolittle starring Rex Harrison) 

I do not understand the human race... 
It has so little love for creatures with a different face. 
Treating animals like people is no madness or disgrace. 
I do not understand the human race 

I wonder, 
Why do we treat animals like animals? 
Animals treat us so very well. 
The devoted way they serve us 
And protect us when we're nervous 
Oh, they really don't deserve us 
All we give them is hell. 

Tell me how else man repays them? 
Do we ever think to praise them? 
No we don't, and this dismays them 
You can tell. 

We're riddled with ingratitude 
We give no love or latitude 
In every way our attitude is 
Well... like animals! 

No, no... That's not what I mean. 

I mean... 
Why do we treat animals like animals? 
How can people be so inhumane? 
Cows and chickens work to feed us 
Dogs and horses show they need us 
And though cats don't always heed us 
Their affection is plain. 

What do we do? 
We neglect them. 
We do nothing to protect them. 
We reject them, don't expect them to complain. 

We ignore them or we beat them. 
When we're hungry then we eat them. 
It's appalling how we treat them. 
It's insane... like animals! 

We humiliate and murder and confine them. 
We create their retched status, 
Then we use it to malign them 
I mean... 
Why should we say: 
"Treat him like a dog?" 
Why should we say: 
"Working like a horse?" 
Why should we say: 
"Eating like a hog?" 
When what we mean is: 
"Eating like a MAN!" Don't we? 
Of course! 

A man of ill repute is called a weasel or a rat. 
A woman you dislike becomes a vixen or a cat. 
A family that is blessed with healthy reproductive habits, 
Occasions the remark: "Well you know them, they breed like rabbits!" 
He's as stubborn as a mule. 
He's a stupid as an ox. 
He's as slimy as a snake. 
He's as crafty as a fox. 

(Remarks like that really get my goat.) 

Why don't we say: 
"Noble as a frog?" 
Or, 
Why can't we say: 
"Wealthy as a hen?" 
True, we say: 
"Devoted as a dog." 
But what we should say is: 
"Sheik as a giraffe." 
"Pretty as a pig" eh... 
That'll be the big day 
Won't it? 
But when? 
But WHEN? 

When will we stop treating them like animals? 
Is the human race entirely mad? 
Women see a baby goat skin or a lamb skin or a stoat skin 
And to them it's just a coat skin. 
Oh it's terribly sad. 

When you dress in suede or leather 
Or some fancy fur or feather 
Do you stop to wonder whether for a fad 
You have killed some beast or other 
That you're wearing someone's brother 
Or perhaps it's someone's mother 
In which you're clad. 
Like ANIMALS! 
Like ANIMALS! 
Well, it's true 
We do not live in a zoo 
But man is an animal, too 
So why can't you 
Like me 
Like animals?

 
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