This little boys reason for not wanting to eat meat will make you cry

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When I saw this video, I cried. Apparently I’m not the only one; every other comment I’ve seen from viewers expresses the same reaction. In the video, a toddler in Brazil explains to his mother why he will not eat his octopus pasta. Originally uploaded to YouTube on May 15, 2013, within 2 weeks the video of little Luiz Antonio had over 1 million views. What began as a conversation between one little boy and his mother is now a powerful reminder to people the world over— compassion toward all animals doesn’t have to be taught. It is only untaught.

Luiz: That’s ok?

Mom: Ok.

Mom: Now, eat your octopus gnocchi.

Luiz: Ok mom, alright…

Luiz: …This octopus isn’t real, right?

Mom: No.

Luiz: Then alright…

Luiz: He doesn’t speak, and he doesn’t have a head, right?

Mom: He doesn’t have a head. These are only the chopped little legs of the octopus.

Luiz: Huh?! But…is he head in the sea?

Mom: His head is at the fish market.

Luiz: …The man…chopped it? Like this? [sawing motion]

Mom: Yes he did.

Luiz: Why?

Mom: So we can eat it! Otherwise, we’d have to swallow it all.

Luiz: …But why?

Mom: So we can eat it, love. Just like a cow is chopped, a chicken is chopped…

Luiz: Huh? A chicken! No, nobody eats chickens!

Mom: Nobody eats chicken?

Luiz: No…those are animals!

Mom: Really?

Luiz: Yeah!

Mom: So let’s eat the gnocchi. Eat the potato, then?

Luiz: umm…just the potato and just the rice.

Mom: Ok…

Luiz: Octopus are animals…

Mom: Alright.

Luiz: All of them are animals…

Luiz: Fish are animals…

Luiz: Octopus are animals…

Luiz: Chicken are animals…

Luiz: Cows are animals…

Luiz: Pigs are animals…

Mom: —Yes…

Luiz: So! …When we eat animals, they die!

Mom: Ah…yes.

Luiz: But why?

Mom: So we can eat, love.

Luiz: But why do they die?

Luiz: I don’t like that they die…

Luiz: I like that they stay standing up.

Mom: Ok. Alright. So we’re not gonna eat it anymore, ok?

Luiz: Ok!

Luiz: These animals…you gotta take care of them…and not eat them!

Mom: [quiet, then laughing tenderly] You’re right, son. So, eat the potato and the rice.

Luiz: Alright…Why are you crying?

Mom: I’m not crying…I’m just touched by you.

Eat. No need to eat the octopus, alright?

Source: FreeFromHarm

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