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Published on June 17th, 2013 | by Becky Striepe


Video: Little Boy Explains Vegetarianism

I have to admit it, you guys: when my friend Zach sent me this video, I cried.

My husband and I are raising our child vegetarian, and this felt like it might be a glimpse at the compassionate kiddo-to-be we are raising! Our baby, Darrol Henry, is only three months old right now, but once in a while when I see older kids I feel like I’m getting a preview of his future. This video was one of those moments for me, and I couldn’t resist sharing it with you!

In the video, Luiz’s mother serves him octopus gnocchi, which spurs a conversation about eating animals. Vegetarian and vegan mommas and poppas, get out your hankies, then hit play:

The quote that got me? “These animals…you gotta take care of them…and not eat them!”

Over at our sister site, Planetsave, Zach shares a second video with some more grown-up reasons to eat veg. Click here to check that out!

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

8 Responses to Video: Little Boy Explains Vegetarianism

  1. Holly says:

    I am crying right now. Wow, you weren’t kidding.
    “Mum: Why are you crying?”.. And then we take kids for granted?
    May I adopt this son? He is so adorable, I love him!!


  2. Heather says:

    AWWW! He is so smart! I was standing in the line at the Butcher as child with my mom & saw all the dead beasts, bottled, pickled eggs, tongue etc.. and I told my mom I only wanted to eat fruit. That meat tasted gross. I wish she had let me & listened to me. I wish I had been more eloquent like this boy was. <3 him!

  3. Zach says:

    Such an adorable & thoughtful boy, eh? :D

    So many kids do have this tendency. But this boy is so eloquent and persistent. :D

    Thanks for sharing! :D

  4. Dude, I totally cried when I saw this video. Hard to argue with the innocence of a kid. My favorite line is “I like them standing up”.

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