Deerfield Teen in the Running for peta2 Award

Vegan Student Promotes Kindness to Animals Through peta2's Advisory Board

For Immediate Release:
December 3, 2014

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Deerfield, Ill. – Deerfield resident Devin Pohn, 17, never lets up when he’s battling it out for animals—for proof, just look at the Deerfield High School cafeteria, where he successfully campaigned for veggie burgers to be offered as a daily option at lunchtime. And now Devin—along with scores of businesses, musicians, athletes, and others—is up for a Libby Award from peta2, PETA’s youth division. Now in its ninth year, the Libby Awards (“Libby” for “liberation,” as in animal liberation) includes a record 26 categories, and Devin may take home the award for Star Street Teamer of the Year. Visitors to can cast their votes to help peta2 decide whom it should choose as the Libby Award winners and enter for a chance to win a giant Libby prize pack filled with goodies from last year’s winners, including a cookbook, personal-care products, and vegan treats.

In addition to gathering student and teacher signatures and meeting with school administrators to campaign for more vegan options in his school cafeteria, Devin rocked Warped Tour as a peta2 volunteer this summer. He also served on peta2’s Youth Advisory Board—teenagers who help peta2 develop missions for the peta2 Street Team, which offers young people opportunities to share activism advice with other young people and get active for animals.

“Animals are lucky to have Devin’s bold and passionate voice on their side,” says PETA Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns Marta Holmberg. “All of peta2’s nominees are winners because they’re inspiring young people across the country to get active for animals every chance they get.”

Other Libby Award categories include Best Use of Internet Stardom for Animals, Best Vegan Makeover, and Best New Vegan Food Item. Voting ends on December 12 at 12 p.m. EST. Winners will be chosen by peta2—whose motto reads, “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way”—based on several factors, including vote count, and will be announced on December 16. See the full contest details here.

For more information and to cast your vote to help peta2 decide whom it should choose as Libby Award winners, please visit or click here.

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