Most of you have probably already seen this incredible heart-warming video
of an adorable 3-year old whose name is Luis Antonio. This youngster actually
wants to eat his veggies - but definitely not any animals or fish. I think there
are a lot of people out there who could learn from him as I did in the Huffington Post
and Take Part sites.
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I never heard of anyone so young and so intelligent as to make up his mind
that killing animals for food is wrong. Poor mom. She had to answer his
perceptive questions as to why there there were parts of an octopus' legs
on his dinner plate among the gnocchi.
Luis wanted to know where the octopus' head was, and asked if it was
in the sea. No, his mom answered - that it was at the fish market.
He then asked if the man chopped it. Mom realized then that she had to
him that all animals we eat for food are chopped up. This upset Luis, and
he responded: Those are animals! And then he enlarged on his thoughts
"So why do they die? I don't like that they die. I like that they stay
standing up....These animals -- you gotta take care of them....and not eat them!"
I don't think I have ever heard any better argument for why we shouldn't
eat meat or fish. How about you? And to think that a 3 -year old has
already realized which some of us may never learn even if we live to be 100.
This little boy's amazing compassion and sensitivity brought tears to his
mother's eyes. He asked her why she was crying. And mom replied that she was not crying, but that she was touched by his thoughts. And then she tells this
amazing 3-year old --- now eat -- no need to eat the octopus-all right?
On Take Part -- writer Andri Antoniades titled her own account of Luis in
June of 2013 - "Vegetarianism Demystified by a Toddler." Quite so, and she also
made a point of what is often discussed in Sociology classes re the Nature versus
Nurture argument in child rearing. I think she quite aptly deduces from this
account that this little boy- Luiz Antonio, may have just scored another point for
I had to smile reading this- because after all these years, I do remember
being in a Sociology class where this nature versus nurture argument was being
discussed. I also remember siding with the nature argument. Thanks Luis for making my