Eugene Design Students Win PETA Award for Creatively Countering Speciesism

For Immediate Release:
May 18, 2023

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Eugene, Ore. – Fresh on the heels of the Young Ones Student Awards, which showcase students’ talents in creative studies, PETA is crowning three local contestants—Himali Glor, Parker Ruiz, and Logan Robertson from the University of Oregon—winners of PETA’s Choice Awards for their entry championing animal rights. Students were asked to create ads that challenge speciesism, the human-supremacist belief that other animals exist for our benefit.

The students’ entry, titled “Everyone Has a Mom,” counters the speciesist view that a mother’s love is restricted to humans by showing examples of how mothers of other species are devoted to their offspring, too, including that a mother cow will walk for miles calling for her missing calf, a grieving elephant mother will guard the body of her dead baby for days, and young whales stay near their mothers long after they’ve learned how to fend for themselves.

“This winning concept highlights the deep bond between mothers and their young, no matter the species,” says PETA Senior Director Danielle Katz. “With the help of these creative design students, PETA is reminding everyone to use their talents to speak out against speciesism.”

Other concepts recognized by PETA include “Every Baby Has a Mother,” “Love is Human,” and “Lil’ Luxury Lucy” from Brigham Young University’s AdLab in Provo, Utah; “No Escape” by students from the College of Creative Studies in Detroit; “All Pain Sounds the Same” by a student from the School of Visual Arts in New York; and “Animals Anonymous” by students from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way.” For more information, please visit, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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