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(I wrote this on blogger.com and also shared it on facebook. It is written to the perspective of someone who is relatively uninformed/uninspired. Please read and share feedback)

I invite you to imagine with me for a moment. I want you to imagine that the Holocaust was continuing to this day. Every day for over 50 years, million upon billions of people are  being violently murdered, families being torn apart. Mothers are raped and fathers slaughtered, children stolen at birth and placed in dark, cold confinement with little room to breathe or cry. All for the sake of profit and justified through a veil of superiority pseudo-religious bull crap. I want you to know today - this is our reality.
Non-human beings of sentience, of heart and mind and flesh and blood, are being treated as nothing more than lifeless commodities. Mothers are being raped. Small newborn children are being ground up to bits in meat grinders before they have a chance to see the light of the sun, justified only by the reason that "they have no purpose" other than to be used for commodity. Beings are being dipped into scalding hot water, fully conscious.
This is not a piece of feel-good writing designed to stir up within you a sense of general compassion for the suffering of animals. This is a wake up call - This is an ice-cold bucket of water in your face at 4 in the morning. This is a call to action. This is what is presently, actually occurring every single day, today, right at this moment, on the planet in which you call home. There is a Holocaust happening, and it is against every single one of us. Yes, I am speaking of non-human beings and human beings alike. This is a war of the mind, to be sure. But we must realize that while we can march and type essays and shout from the rooftops and move out of our countries, our non-human brothers and sisters are being forced against their will to lead short lives of deprivation and misery. We have a choice. They do not. No animal wants to be raised in slavery and killed for food. Why would any sane person consume the products of death and disease of the mind?
Consider the nightly news stories, newspaper articles and other countless mainstream news outlets which depict a suffering, malnourished, war-ravaged world. Consider the ongoing violence of war that human beings have been afflicting upon one another and this planet for the past several decades. I want you to remember the bleakness of the mentality that pervades this mainstream media and keeps a black cloud over the minds of the populace.
This death-war-suffering culture of apathy that is blasted from the mainstream is directly correlated with the mass population's willingly apathetic support and tolerance of the Animal Holocaust. When we buy the products of death and suffering, and consume the products of death and suffering, we are inarguably supporting the mass murder of not only, but very much so, our non-human family, but also our human family as well. Think about it: If no one tolerated the murder of non-human sentient beings, there would be absolutely zero tolerance of mass political corporate warfare. If we genuinely cared, as a species, about every being's unique, beautiful life here on earth, the apathy that allows an irresponsible government to abuse, harass and murder our human family would be virtually non-existent. Why wouldn't we use on of our greatest collective assets, capitalism, to control the very things that seem to be totally out of our grasp?
Did you know that a vegan saves at least 400 lives every year? For every person that becomes vegan, that is one less person buying and consuming the products that the industrial slaughterhouse complex so desperately wants you to buy. If you remain in false ignorance after reading this essay, you continue to contribute to the number of animals being murdered every day (at least 383 million today). When you consume, wear, use, and buy the products created by this culture of death, you are directly supporting that culture and its premises. But when you refuse to consume, wear, use, or buy any of these products, you are choosing to align your life with your inherent moral values of peace, compassion, and justice.
I want to ask you one question. If you have compassion for animals, and believe that all beings, human and non-human, deserve to be treated with love, what is stopping you from going vegan? When you really look at it, I know you will realize that your reason are arbitrary at best. We all know that there is no humane way to kill another being.
So if you have been considering going vegan, go vegan. Just do it. It doesn't matter what your parents think, what your friends think, what your teachers think, or what anyone else thinks about it. If you stand firm in your beliefs you will inspire the people around you to do the same.
If you have been wanting to go vegan but are finding it difficult for some reason of are worried about your food options, please do not hesitate to contact me. I can give you tons of great resources, tips, and help you develop a plan to succeed. If you feel intimidated, I can help you sort through all of this and start with a simple foundation. Only you know what your heart is saying to you. Are you going to listen?

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Comment by Amanda Leigh Nama on May 9, 2013 at 12:00pm

Sarah, I choose to use the word Holocaust because I have no interest in sugar-coating. Also, it is a reference to the Holocaust of the mid 19 hundreds. If someone cannot handle the truth, they can go look up other vegan articles that don't tell it like it is. 

Comment by Sarah Campbell on May 8, 2013 at 11:51pm

Excellently put! This is the message I want to shove down peoples throats all of the time. Like "HELLO OPEN YOUR EYES! YOU ARE COMPLICIT IN MURDER. Your behavior causes daily death and suffering, of the animals and of YOUR very body! Really great to read this piece! One suggestion I would make is to hold the use of the word Holocaust until the middle of the piece. I know that when I was a meat eater I would need you to ease me in to the argument or else you would lose me at the very start.

Comment by ednshell on May 8, 2013 at 11:18am

Great Essay Amanda! :)

"For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love."
Pythagoras, mathematician

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