Larimer County Teen Receives peta2 Award

Tireless Activist Leads the Vegan Revolution at Her High School

For Immediate Release:
April 15, 2014

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Larimer County, Colo. – If you’re on the campus of Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins and you want to know the go-to person for all things animal rights, you’re looking for 14-year-old Tayler Jensen. From starting a vegan club with high-profile sponsors such as Whole Foods and Disney to screening the film Forks Over Knives, which examines how switching to a plant-based diet can ward of heart disease, diabetes, and other life-threatening ailments, Tayler is constantly working on ways to make the world a kinder, healthier place.

For her outstanding efforts in behalf of animals of all species, Tayler has received a Star Street Teamer Award from peta2, PETA’s youth division.

“Even in a major ranching state such as Colorado, Tayler is making inroads with her message of compassion for animals and the benefits of going vegan,” says peta2 Director Marta Holmberg. “Young people are leading the animal rights charge, and Tayler is a trailblazer they can look to for inspiration.”

There’s no better place than school to get an education, and that’s exactly what Tayler helps her fellow students do—by handing out hundreds of informational leaflets about the benefits of going vegan as well as other issues that affect animals. She also worked on a huge Meatout event in which more than 500 samples of delicious vegan foods were distributed, and she’s at the helm of the movement to get veggie burgers placed on the cafeteria menu. Additionally, Tayler always makes sure that the local school district’s TV channel has plenty of animal rights–related videos to show and other information to help persuade her peers to kick the meat habit and eat healthfully and compassionately.

peta2’s Street Team is a group of youth activists dedicated to helping animals through in-person events, online campaigns, and social media. Tayler will receive a framed certificate and be featured at

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