Fort Collins Teen Named Finalist in peta2’s 2014 ‘Cutest Vegan Alive’ Contest

As Dumping Meat, Eggs, and Dairy Products Gains Immense Popularity Across the Country, Young People Are Leading the Charge

For Immediate Release:
June 16, 2014

David Perle 202-483-7382

Fort Collins, Colo. – Fort Collins could soon be in the national spotlight. That’s because 14-year-old Tayler Jensen has beaten out dozens of entrants from across the country to be named one of 10 female finalists vying for the title of 2014 Cutest Vegan Alive in the ninth annual contest sponsored by peta2—PETA’s youth division. The final pool consists of 20 finalists—the 10 finalists (five female and five male) who received the highest number of votes, plus 10 finalists (five female and five male) who were selected by peta2. The two winners—one female and one male—will win a professional photo shoot and a chance to star in their own peta2 ad.

“Tayler is determined to make the world a kinder place,” says peta2 Director Marta Holmberg. “Kids who go vegan show respect for animals, the planet, and their own bodies, and that makes all of them cute in our book.”

Tayler went vegan two years ago as part of a 30-day challenge, and she felt so great that she kept going. “I love knowing that I have a positive impact on animals, my body, and the world,” she says. She to Denver last year to attend The peta2 Experience, an all-day animal rights conferenceoutstanding commitment and dedication to animal rights earned her a coveted Star Street Teamer Award from peta2. She’s president and founder of her school’s 90-member VegAlliance, vice president of the French Club, and a member of the student council and the environmental leadership group FRESH. Tayler sums up what she hopes to accomplish in her life in six words: “I hope to make a difference.”

peta2 will select the two winners based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here. To view photos of and read more about the finalists, please click here. For more information, please visit

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