Long years ago, before the time of the man-beast, an animal roamed the plains of a foreign land…..
Neither horse nor pony, the creature was called the Zebracorn.
Six foot high at the shoulder, with smouldering hooves that beat a rhythm of power as it galloped over the grassy land, this fabled creature could outrun panthers. It could fight off a leopard or a lion with one kick. It’s horn could shatter rock and scatter the stone which would then transform into diamonds.
The Zebracorn had a vast territory, it could run from sunrise to sunset without reaching the furthest edge of its land.
So grand and wise was it that the other animals, from clever ants to wise water buffalo gave it food when it was hungry and dug water up from the desert if it was thirsty.
One day it found a new animal. Joyfully it ran over the grassland to say a greeting to the creature who walked upright on its two feet. Instead of hooves this creature, the man-beast had hands on its front limbs.
As the Zebracorn came to a graceful halt in front of this upright creature, the man – beast picked up a branch it had been using to lean on. Instead of the customary greeting in return, the animal lifted the branch and stabbed the Zebracorn in its heart. There was no explanation or reason for this act. Only the fact that the man-beast liked to kill. To maim and to destroy life.
This it has been since time began. Death bought not just for meat for the table but for fun, or to gather horn as an aphrodisiac
Now other animals are close to extinction. The Lion, Giraffe, Elephant, Rhino and other smaller beasts too.
The man-beast has made a difference to life on this planet. In the time it has existed one quarter of the world’s animal population has become extinct.
Zebracorns or Bears, Beetles or Mice. This has to stop.