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

Compassionate 5-Year-Old's Kind Choices Seize National Spotlight

For Immediate Release:
April 6, 2015

David Perle 202-483-7382

Corning, N.Y. – Five-year-old Corning resident Matthew Drehmer 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.

Matthew went vegan after watching just a few minutes of a film about animals killed for food, and since then, he’s done all he can to share his kind choice with others. Last year, Matthew saved all his birthday money to donate to groups that help animals, and he’s always quick to choose vegan snacks to share with friends and family. Matthew loves kicking back with his rescued doggy pal, Shelby; enjoying vegan burgers and fresh fruits; and talking to other children and their parents about growing up vegan.

“Matthew inspires everyone from his classmates to his family—and even local businesses—with his compassion for animals,” 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.

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