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19-Year-Old Never Passes Up an Opportunity to Speak Out for Animals
For Immediate Release:December 6, 2012
Contact:David Perle 1-202-483-7382
Monterrey, Mexico — The fight for animal rights is at an
all-time high, and young people are leading the charge. A perfect example is
19-year-old Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas UANL student Katia Rodriguez,
who's in the running for a Libby
Award in the category of Street Teamer of the Year from peta2,
PETA's youth division. Now in their seventh year, the 2012 Libby Awards
("Libby" for "liberation," as in animal liberation) include
"Katia is a role model when it comes to taking on
animal abusers, including multinational corporations that support factory-farm
and slaughterhouse atrocities," says PETA Youth Marketing Manager Emily Rodriguez.
"All our teen nominees are winners because they're inspiring other young
people to take a stand against the abuse of animals, wherever and whenever it
Katia runs the gamut when it comes to helping animals and
raising awareness about their suffering. A vegetarian for four years and a
vegan for one, she has interned for peta2, was named a Star Street Teamer, and
has served on the peta2 Youth
Advisory Board, helping the group with new campaigns and ideas. In her
spare time, Katia volunteers at a local animal shelter, helping some of the
millions of animals who are abandoned every year, and she organized a drive for
food and materials to benefit the shelter. She also regularly sets up outreach
events—speaking with hundreds of students about animal rights issues—and
organizes protests against bullfighting, the Canadian seal slaughter, and
McDonald's (which refuses to stop its suppliers from scalding chickens to
death). In addition, she acts as the administrator of a vegetarian group that
boasts more than 1,000 members.
Voting ends on December 17. Winners will be chosen by peta2
based on several factors, including vote count,
and will be announced on December 19. See the full
contest details here.
For more information and to cast your vote, please visit peta2.com.
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