Luiz Antonio, a precocious toddler with wisdom beyond his years, made a moral case for not eating the octopus his mother put before him for lunch. His reaction has touched the hearts of millions of people around the world. In the video, recorded in Portuguese with English subtitles, little Luiz eloquently explains:
"Octopus are animals... all of them are animals. Fish are animals. Octopus are animals. Chickens are animals. Cows are animals. Pigs are animals... When we eat animals they die! Why? Why do they die?... I don't like when they die, I like when they stay standing up."
"OK. Alright," his mother says, "So we're not going to eat it anymore. OK?"
"OK," says Luiz before continuing, "These animals... you gotta take care of them... and not eat them!"
"You're right son," his mother says through her tears, "So eat the potato and rice."
"Alright. Why are you crying?" Luiz asks innocently.
"I'm just touched by you," she says.
"I'm doing something beautiful?"
Yes, Luiz, you are doing something beautiful.
Search for the video online or see a current version here or here*.
*NOTE: As of this writing the video link is active. It is being removed and/or moved around the internet. It's such an important, beautiful message -- we hope you seek it out. Google "Luiz Antonio +vegetarian" you likely find active video links.