11-Year-Old Houston Boy Is Finalist in PETA’s ‘Cutest Vegan Kids’ Contest

From Frogs to Dogs, Youngster Speaks Out for All Animals

For Immediate Release:
March 15, 2017

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Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Houston – Eleven-year-old Houston resident Nathan Enriquez has just been named one of the top four male finalists in PETA Kids’ 2017 Cutest Vegan Kids contest—and now, it’s up to voters to help PETA Kids decide if he’ll take home the top prize. Two winners—one boy and one girl—will each receive a trophy, an animal-friendly prize pack, and a year’s worth of bragging rights.

Nathan went vegan more than a year ago after watching a documentary about farmed animals. Around the same time, his sister became ill with digestive problems, and her doctor recommended that she reduce her meat and dairy intake. Now, the whole family is vegan, and the kids have never been healthier, their dad says. Nathan never misses an opportunity to help animals—or to set an example for other kids. When his classmates found a crawfish and a frog and threatened to kill them, he rescued them and released them into suitable habitats.

“Nathan Enriquez doesn’t just take personal responsibility for protecting animals by refusing to eat them or harm them in other ways, he encourages others to be kind, too,” says PETA Senior Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns Marta Holmberg. “All of PETA Kids’ finalists prove that even the littlest person can make a big difference for animals.”

PETA Kids—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that every year, more people are drawn to the benefits of vegan meals, including better health and a smaller carbon footprint. In addition, each vegan saves the lives of more than 100 animals each year.

Voting on the finalists to help PETA Kids decide whom it should choose as the winners runs until March 17, with the two winners announced on March 20. The decision will be based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here and the main contest page at PETAKids.com/CutestVegan.

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