Killeen Boy Makes Final Five in PETA’s ‘2014 Cutest Vegan Kids’ Contest

Energetic 5-Year-Old Could Soon Star in His Own Ad

For Immediate Release:
February 26, 2014

David Perle 202-483-7382

Killeen, Texas – Five-year-old Killeen resident Joshua Edelmann could be America’s next child star. That’s because he’s one of five male finalists in PETA Kids’ 2014 Cutest Vegan Kids contest, and now it’s up to voters to help PETA Kids decide whom it should pick to be the winners—one boy and one girl—who will be announced on March 3. Voting ends at 12 noon EST on March 3, and each winner will receive a PETA Kids prize pack and appear in a PETA Kids ad.

“Joshua is very proud that he made the kind and healthy choice to go vegan, and his smart decision could soon place him in the national spotlight,” says PETA Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns Marta Holmberg. “Everyone who goes vegan saves nearly 100 animals every year from daily suffering and a terrifying death, and all our contestants are setting an example that should be followed by young and old alike.”

Joshua is eager to tell others about his respect for animals and can often be found sharing his PETA stickers and leaflets with his friends at school. He’s a major Star Wars fan, and he can do a killer British accent from watching episode after episode of the animated U.K. children’s TV show Kipper.

PETA Kids will select the winners based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here.

For more information and to cast your vote to help PETA Kids decide whom it should choose as the winners, please visit


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