August Maturo and Mckenna Grace Giggle With Farmed Animals in Cute New PETA Kids Ad

Young Stars Share Why 'Animals Are Friends, Not Food'

For Immediate Release:
November 15, 2016

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – Just days before families gather for holiday dinners, besties August Maturo and Mckenna Grace, the stars of Girl Meets World and Designated Survivor, respectively, have teamed up with PETA Kids in a charming new ad shot at Farm Sanctuary in Acton. The smiling duo hang with a chicken pal next to the words “Animals Are Friends, Not Food! Leave Meat off Your Plate and Save More Than 100 Animals a Year.”

In a video interview, available here, Mckenna explains, “I became a vegetarian because I felt really bad for the animals …. [They] are very sweet, and I don’t think that they deserve to be tortured. If you have a dog at home or a cat, they’re your friends, they aren’t your food.”

August added that every animal is an individual with thoughts, feelings, and a personality. “I think that kids should actually come here and visit to see how innocent these animals are and how friendly they are,” he says.

PETA Kids—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that turkeys, chickens, cows, and other animals raised and killed for food develop friendships; feel emotions like joy, love, pain, and fear; and want to live as much as we do.

“Young people have a natural affinity for animals, and it’s never been easier for families to celebrate that compassion at the dinner table,” says PETA Senior Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns Marta Holmberg. “PETA Kids hopes that kind kids everywhere will give animals something to be thankful for this holiday season by leaving them off their plate and choosing delicious and healthy vegan meals.”

August and Mckenna join a long list of actors, musicians, and other celebrities—including August’s co-star Corey Fogelmanis, Daniella Monet, Skylar Stecker, Hayes Grier, Jordyn Jones, and Noah Cyrus—who have teamed up with PETA, peta2 (the group’s youth division), or PETA Kids to promote kindness to animals.

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