6 Word Memoir
I'm a student at Bronx Leadership Academy II in the Bronx, NY, and I'm a participant in the 2014 Youth Voices Summer Program. My name is Nashaly Felix and I am an animal and nature enthusiast. I was born in the sun-drenched island chain of Puerto Rico, Humacao and lived in Puerto Rico for three years before my family decided to move to New York. My life in Puerto Rico was phenomenal, specifically because my grandfather owned a miniature farm behind our home. I had an immense number of animals, from chickens, turkeys and rabbits to kitties and puppies. When my family moved to New York, I was heartbroken, as I have left my beloved friends, which of course includes all the animals I had. I remember I would call my aunt and ask her about the conditions of the animals, and I would always delight in joy when I hear about the silly quirks they would do. However, when I was in ninth grade I received a call from my aunt and I was told all the animals had been poisoned by unknown trespasser. I was truly crestfallen and to this day I still maintain the belief that I would travel the world to help all kinds of animals in need and prevent as many beautiful creatures from being harmed.
Be that as it may, I was still under the allusion that I was to be a sort of savior to animals when I still consuming these poor creatures. As I would declare to my mother that I would open animal sanctuaries and aid all homeless animals, I continuously still indulgenced on meat products, drown myself in dairy, serve myself scrambled eggs and munched on goodies with honey poured in. Unquestionably, I wished to not inflict any pain on any animal. To my dismay, I was contributing to the largest factor of animal slaughter in the world, which was simply eating them. As I researched ways to minimize animal cruelty, I found the wondrous path to veganism. Such lifestyle meant all types of animal exploitation was prohibited, from eating to wearing animals. I educated myself on animal factoring and the horrendous abuse that animals have to endure in order to make their way to our plates.
Surely, when one is at a supermarket, you are presented with logos that depict cows in beautiful grass fields as well as animal illustrations of bees and pigs with a smile on their faces. In addition, when one is watching television you get commercials on grass-fed chickens who are roaming freely around the fields. What happens to these animals as they are forced in factories, to be shipped to supermarkets is absolutely grotesque and blood-curdling. Apart from my beliefs in veganism, I make my own beauty product. For instance, products such as shampoos, soaps, toothpastes and such I do not purchase. There are many products that contain animals, such as the glycerin in many toothpastes come from the fat of animal bones. Also, the keratin in countless shampoos and conditioner are actually protein from hooves and animal hair. As you can see, people exploit animals everyday. Additionally, I am creative in the kitchen when vegan cooking is involved and I refuse to purchase any from companies that induce animal testing. My upcoming plans is to begin making natural, homemade makeup products, particularly, lipsticks.