Vegan Student Promotes Kindness to Animals Through School Club, Vegan 'Challenge Groups,' and More
For Immediate Release:
December 3, 2014
Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382
Fort Collins, Colo. – Fort Collins resident Tayler Jensen, 14, brings her unflagging determination to bear on every fight for animals—just ask her family, who took a 30-day vegan health challenge that ended up lasting three years. And now Tayler—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 Tayler may take home the award for Star Street Teamer of the Year. Visitors to peta2.com can cast their votes to help peta2 decide whom it should chose 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.
Last year, Tayler launched VegAlliance, a school club that raises awareness for animals and promotes good health through vegan eating—and she took home a peta2 Star Street Teamer Award for her efforts. She’s doing an independent study course on animal rights and the environment, and she completes missions for peta2’s Street Team every chance she gets.
“Tayler hands out hundreds of leaflets at her school, organizes ‘vegan challenge’ groups, and does everything she can to get an animal-friendly message out to the public,” says PETA Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns Marta Holmberg. “All of peta2’s nominees are winners because they’re inspiring other young people across the country to get active for animals.”
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.