For Immediate Release:
June 30, 2017
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Long Island, N.Y. – From Seattle to Massachusetts (and just about everywhere in between), music fans are flocking to the Vans Warped Tour, where they’ll see not only artists like Andy Black, Hawthorne Heights, and Falling in Reverse but also Levittown native Ashley Zebro, who is on the tour crew for peta2, PETA’s youth division (whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”).
In dozens of cities, she’ll help run peta2’s “Not Your Mom, Not Your Milk” booth, which uses interactive games, stickers, wristbands, and more to challenge visitors to consider why it’s as unnatural for humans to drink cow’s milk as it is for cats to drink giraffes’ milk—and why it’s cruel to steal calves from their mothers so that humans can drink their milk instead.
Zebro, a lifelong Long Islander who just graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from Stony Brook University, could share how adopting her mutt, Toby, from a local animal shelter when she was 16 inspired her to start practicing compassion for all animals—and go vegetarian. In college, she went vegan, started advocating for animal-friendly policies on campus, and even began hosting monthly vegan potlucks. Last fall, she was one of only 16 finalists from across the country who were flown to San Francisco for the Project Green Challenge finals, where she was able to advocate for sustainable vegan meals.