While many pay their respects to the millions of human lives lost in the Holocaust today, some will also be observing Holocaust Remembrance Day by holding a candlelight vigil procession for the victims of the another type of mass extermination. Brooklyn’s Shimon Shuchat will be leading animal lovers on a march tonight to protest the ongoing atrocities committed against animals on factory farms. One of the participants of the peaceful protest will be a Holocaust survivor from Hungary who committed her life to preventing the mass slaughter of animals after losing her father and sister to Nazi concentration camps.

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NYC Animal Holocaust Procession

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The Animal Holocaust Memorial Service will run from 48th Street in Midtown to Times Square, with protesters carrying signs depicting vivid images that compare heinous factory farms with holocaust conditions. “Right now, mother cows are crying out for their kidnapped babies; piglets are being castrated with no painkillers; male chicks are being dropped into shredding machines; monkeys are being tortured laboratories; and millions of farm animals are making the long, terrifying journey to a slaughterhouse. For what?” asks Schuchat. “When footage of factory farms is played side by side with footage of the Holocaust, people can see that there’s not much of a difference. If only a few of those people stop eating animals, then we know we will have made a difference.”

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Although many have voiced opposition to comparing animals to the over six million Jews that were killed during the Holocaust, animal lovers applaud the effort to bring attention to today’s systematic animal cruelty. In fact, Holocaust survivor Alex Hershaft, founder of the nonprofit organization Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), hailed the compassion behind Schuchat’s event.

Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer famously wrote: “In their behavior toward creatures, all men are Nazis. For the animals, it is an eternal Treblinka. Human beings see oppression vividly when they’re the victims. Otherwise they victimize blindly and without a thought.”

The Animal Holocaust March is scheduled to take place tonight at 7 p.m.

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