Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman compares Nazism to animal cruelty and meat consumption. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)
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Actress Natalie Portman compared animal cruelty and the consumption of meat to the Holocaust in a video while stumping for PETA.
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In a video Portman paid tribute to animal advocate Isaac Bashevis Singer, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.
Portman, an outspoken vegan, paid honor to Singer in the video, lauding him for his stance on animals' rights.
“Nowadays, many of us speak up for animals, but it wasn’t always like this,” Portman begins. “Decades ago, one man articulated the plight of animals so boldly that the modern world couldn’t ignore him.”
In the video, the Oscar-winning actress — who is of Jewish descent and has dual Israli and American citizenship — explains, "Isaac Singer grew up in the same part of Poland as my family. And like them, he fled the horrors of the Holocaust. But the cruelties he witnessed made Singer one of the most powerful writers of the 20th century."
Portman then quotes from Singer's novel, "Shosha," saying, "We do to God’s creatures what the Nazis did to us."
The actress goes on to quote a character from another one of Singer's books, and says, "As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together."
Singer died in 1991.
See the full video below.
In 2009, Germany's high court banned such comparisons to the Holocaust after a PETA campaign showed black and white images of concentration camps from the era juxtaposed with animals on their way to slaughter.
According to The Times of Israel, the offending campaign's slogan read, "For animals, all people are Nazis."
You can see some of the most outrageous PETA advertisements here.
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