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Healthy, Happy 6-Year-Old Wins a Shot at Stardom in His Own PETA Kids Ad
For Immediate Release:March 4, 2013
Contact:Kaitlynn Kelly 202-483-7382
Fairfield, Iowa -- The Andersons have always known that their
6-year-old son, Vaughn, was one cute little dude, and now, so
does everyone else. That's because he has been chosen as the male winner of
PETA Kids 2013 Cutest Vegan Kids contest. Vaughn beat out more than 120
other kids 12 and younger in the inaugural year that the competition was
limited to vegans, thanks to the fast-growing number of kids who don't eat meat
or unhealthy and cruelly obtained eggs and dairy products. He has won a prize
pack and the opportunity to appear in his very own PETAKids.com
"Vaughn's radiance is no accident—it's the result of
his healthy diet and his love and compassion for others, no matter their
species," says PETA Youth Marketing Manager Emily Rodriguez. "All our
entrants were already winners because they spare the suffering and lives of
animals every time they sit down to eat."
Vaughn went vegan at 5, all on his own, after being raised
as a vegetarian from birth. And after witnessing a group of people at the zoo
taunt monkeys into throwing themselves repeatedly against the glass barrier of
their small enclosure, he took it to the next level and is now an outspoken
animal rights activist. He also no longer wants any part of zoos: "I wish
there weren't any zoos," he says. "Animals should be in nature."
Vaughn's commitment to a vegan lifestyle has inspired his
4-year-old sister to stop eating eggs and dairy products, too. Moreover, by
sharing his values and the book That's Why We Don't Eat Animals with
others, no fewer than five adults in his life have gone either vegan or
vegetarian. Vaughn's favorite food is black-bean and spinach enchiladas with
Daiya nondairy cheese and vegan sour cream, and his favorite activities are
climbing trees, drawing, and riding his bike.
Two winners (one boy and one girl) were selected based on
several factors, including vote count. For more information, please visit PETAKids.com.
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