A 5-year-old girl fights back tears and explains exactly why she doesn't want to eat animals.

Here in the USA, most of us spent 4th of July weekend in a blissful, prolonged, delirious meat coma.

Must. Not. Stop. Or. Freedom. Dies. Photo by CxOxS/Wikimedia Commons.


But last month, across the pond in Ireland, one teary little girl threw down and schooled her mother's partner on why she doesn't want to eat animals anymore.

Fortunately, he caught it all on tape. And the Internet's collective heart exploded.


"I just don't want them to be chopped up ... If this is how we keep chopping them up there will be no more animals."

... Um, brb. Got something in my eye. It's, uh, really dusty in here.

The question of whether or not to eat meat has bedeviled humanity for centuries.

On the one hand, meat is delicious.

Photo by Jon Sullivan/Public-domain-image.com.

On the other hand, animals are adorable.

Photo by Giang Ho Thj Hoang/Flickr.

Not to mention animals are living, breathing, fellow travelers on this Earth and all that jazz.

For the great majority of us who struggle, the question remains:

What's a person who doesn't want sentient creatures to suffer but still loves BLTs to do?

One possible solution is to eat less meat. Not only would the various cows, pigs, and chickens that would potentially be that meat appreciate it, but cutting down on animal protein has been shown to have some pretty major health benefits, as well as massive environmental benefits.

Another is to support more humane farming practices when you decide to buy meat or meat products. Animals raised to be meat are generally treated quite poorly. Thankfully, many major restaurants and supermarket chains are moving toward more ethically sourced meat thanks to increased consumer demand. If it keeps paying off for 'em in the pocketbook, they'll undoubtedly keep at it.

This way, we can all feel at least a little more OK about enjoying turkeys in their natural, not-chopped-up state.

Photo by Steve Voght/Flickr.

Because that little girl is 100% right.

GIF via JonasSunshine/YouTube.

And if we eat meat or not, we can all do better by them.

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It was filmed before face masks were required, so you can see the boy's beautiful reaction to the song.

Power uploaded it to TikTok because he had just joined the platform and had no idea the number of lives it would touch. "The support on it is unbelievable. I posted it on my Instagram a while back and on Facebook and the support then was amazing," he told Dublin Live.

"But I recently made TikTok and said I'd share it on that and I'm so glad I did now!" he continued.

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We're redefining what normal means in these uncertain times, and although this is different for all of us, love continues to transform us for the better.

Love is what united Marie-Claire and David Archbold, who met while taking a photography class. "We went into the darkroom to see what developed," they joke—and after a decade of marriage, they know firsthand the deep commitment and connection romantic love requires.

All photos courtesy of Marie-Claire and David Archbold

However, their relationship became even sweeter when they adopted James: a little boy with a huge heart.

In the United States alone, there are roughly 122,000 children awaiting adoption according to the latest report from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. While the goal is always for a child to be parented by and stay with their biological family, that is not always a possibility. This is where adoption offers hope—not only does it create new families, it gives birth parents an avenue through which to see their child flourish when they are not able to parent. For the right families, it's a beautiful thing.

The Archbolds knew early on that adoption was an option for them. David has three daughters from a previous marriage, but knowing their family was not yet complete, the couple embarked on a two-year journey to find their match. When the adoption agency called and told them about James, they were elated. From the moment they met him, the Archbolds knew he was meant to be part of their family. David locked eyes with the brown-eyed baby and they stared at each other in quiet wonder for such a long time that the whole room fell silent. "He still looks at me like that," said David.

The connection was mutual and instantaneous—love at first sight. The Archbolds knew that James was meant to be a part of their family. However, they faced significant challenges requiring an even deeper level of commitment due to James' medical condition.

James was born with congenital hyperinsulinism, a rare condition that causes his body to overproduce insulin, and within 2 months of his birth, he had to have surgery to remove 90% of his pancreas. There was a steep learning curve for the Archbolds, but they were already in love, and knew they were committed to the ongoing care that'd be required of bringing James into their lives. After lots of research and encouragement from James' medical team, they finally brought their son home.

Today, three-year-old James is thriving, filled with infectious joy that bubbles over and touches every person who comes in contact with him. "Part of love is when people recognize that they need to be with each other," said his adoptive grandfather. And because the Archbolds opted for an open adoption, there are even more people to love and support James as he grows.

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According to Kort, there can be a big chasm between our sexual and romantic orientations.

"Straight men can be attracted to the sex act, but not to the man. Straight men having sex with men doesn't cancel somebody's heterosexuality any more than a straight woman having sex with a woman cancels her [heterosexuality]," he says in the video.

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The display was planned by a group of around 40 LGBT students to mark the one-year anniversary of the university sending out a letter clarifying its stance on homosexual behavior.

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