Kansas City Girl 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 12, 2014

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City could soon be in the national spotlight. That’s because 14-year-old Reagan Lyle 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 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.

“Reagan 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.”

Reagan’s reason for going vegan couldn’t be clearer. “I went vegan because I love animals, and I want to make a difference in their lives,” she says. She hasn’t eaten meat since third grade, and she eventually realized that animals raised for eggs and milk also suffer every day of their lives. She loves the acclaimed documentary Blackfish, a behind-the-scenes look at the capture and suffering of orcas at SeaWorld, and her favorite animal is—you guessed it—orcas. Reagan signs every animal rights petition she can, and she’s looking forward to taking to the streets for some spirited protests. She always seems to be rescuing animals in peril, and her favorite food is vegan cheese quesadillas.

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 peta2.com.

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