I start this essay, let me first introduce whom I am. My name is Adam Layish.
For the most part, I am just like any other 16-year-old teenager. I go to
school on a daily basis, I hang out with my friends, and I stress out about
homework. I am different from most teenagers because I am a vegetarian, and
I have been a vegetarian for ten years. For most of my friends, this is just
an interesting fact about me. To me however, me being a vegetarian mean so
much more to me then that. I was born Jewish, and right now I am still
technically Jewish. However, being Jewish really means nothing to me. All of
my beliefs revolve around my love for animals, and for me animals are more
important then people.
Right now I am a vegetarian, and I have been a vegetarian for ten years.
Most people are happy about eating meat, and a lot of my friends have tried
to convince me to eat meat again. I will never forget one of the times when
I almost ate meat. I was trying to lose weight, and my friend told me that
the best way to lose weight was to eat meat. I didn't listen to him at
first, but eventually he almost convinced me to try it. We went to the gas
station, and there were the hot dogs rolling around in the glass that looked
so tasty. But I was disgusted. I thought to myself, I would rather weigh 500
pounds then give up the thing I believed in most. I know I made the right
decision that day.
One of the biggest laws in you are not allowed to kill. Well, let me restate
that, you are not allowed to kill another human being. So as long as you
don't kill another person you are fine. Well, that part is partially wrong
as well. You are only allowed to kill animals the kosher way, which usually
involved cutting their throat. They are supposed to die painlessly. I
suppose the is better if you are going to eat meat anyway because the poor
animal that means nothing to the human eating it won't feel as much pain,
but you are still ending another innocent creatures life. I think it is
funny how religion where life I so important contradicts itself so much.
While I am still on the topic of Judaism, let me talk about the Holocaust.
More than 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust. Yes, I have
feelings, and I do think that the Holocaust was a terrible thing, and so
many people died. But, I find it funny how people cry every year to remember
the Holocaust, but that dinner they eat a chicken. I certainly feel bad for
those many people that died, but I feel no compassion whatsoever for
everyone else who cry's every single year because they are hypocrites.
There are so many other examples where this is true, such as the September
11th attacks on the World Trade Centers. But to me there is a Holocaust
every day, but the only difference is they take place in slaughterhouses and
different animals are killed.
There are so many amazing animal rights organizations out there, and they
are all amazing. They help save the lives of so many animals each year. I
love PETA's naked protests, and when the ALF breaks into farms and takes all
those poor, cramped up, starving chickens, and nurses them back to good
There is so much more to animals rights then what I mentioned in the above
paragraphs. Meat eating is obviously the most well known issue, that not
even putting a dent in the issue of animal rights. Everything from Elephants
in the Circus, people hunting and fishing, and seal clubbing are day-to-day
problems that animals must face. It breaks my heart that all creatures are
I am proud to be a vegetarian, but it is still not enough for me. I want to
become a vegan. I hate it that everyone in my family eats meat and dairy, so
it is hard enough being a vegetarian, but being a vegan is not in the cards
for me right now. When I move out, I will become a vegan because I will be
able to control what goes in the house, and I hope everyone follows my
footsteps to help make a difference.