Charlotte Boy Makes Final Four in PETA’s 2015 ‘Cutest Vegan Kids’ Contest

Compassionate 12-Year-Old's Kind Choices Seize National Spotlight

For Immediate Release:
April 7, 2015

Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382

Charlotte, N.C. – Twelve-year-old Charlotte resident Drake Hair has just been named one of the top four male finalists in PETA Kids’ 2015 Cutest Vegan Kids contest—and now it’s up to voters to help PETA Kids decide whether it should select him to take home the top prize. Two winners—one girl and one boy—will each receive a trophy, a cruelty-free prize pack, and a year’s worth of bragging rights.

Drake made the switch to vegan foods after watching the documentary Earthlings, and since then, he’s persuaded friends and family—including his grandparents—to stop eating animals, too. A two-year veteran of anti-circus protests—one of which saw him put on an elephant costume—Drake will also attend Youth Empowered Action’s animal activist camp this summer. When he’s not fighting for animals at protests, Drake is kicking back with rescued dog Della and rescued cat Teddy and enjoying vegan pancakes, vegetable soups, and pasta.

“Drake is an unstoppable force—his determination to do all that he can for animals is an inspiration to people of all ages,” says PETA Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns Marta Holmberg. “All the kids who entered the contest are winners in PETA Kids’ book, because they’ve made the switch to healthier, animal-friendly foods.”

More and more people go vegan every year. Besides the indisputable health benefits of ditching meat and other unhealthy animal products, vegans, on average, have a smaller carbon footprint than their meat-eating counterparts, and 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 April 10, and the two winners will be announced on April 13. PETA Kids, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat,” will select the winners based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here.

For more information, please visit

For Media: Contact PETA's
Media Response Team.


Get PETA Updates

Stay up to date on the latest vegan trends and get breaking animal rights news delivered straight to your inbox!

By submitting this form, you’re acknowledging that you have read and agree to our privacy policy and agree to receive e-mails from us.

 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind