The Vegan Revolution Is Sweeping the Country, and Young People Are Leading the Charge
For Immediate Release:
June 10, 2013
David Perle 202-483-7382
Mena, Ark. — Mena could soon be the home of a national star. That’s because 18-year-old Austin Stroud has beaten out hundreds of entrants from across the country to be named one of 10 female finalists vying for the title of Cutest Vegan Alive in a contest sponsored by peta2—PETA’s youth division. Because of the fast-growing number of kids ditching eggs and dairy products, in addition to meat, this is the first time in the contest’s eight-year history that it was limited to vegans, rather than also allowing vegetarian entrants. All finalists will receive a certificate, and the two winners—one female and one male—will also win a professional photo shoot and star in their own peta2 ad.
“Austin is a perfect example of a young person who’s determined to make the world a kinder place,” says peta2 Director Marta Holmberg. “Kids who go vegan show respect for animals, the environment, and their own bodies, and that makes all of them cute in our book.”
Austin—who attends Texas A&M University–Texarkana—went vegan a few years ago and says it was a cinch. As a peta2 Street Teamer, she’s always ready to make a phone call, write a letter, join a protest, or do just about anything else to help stop animal abuse. In her spare time, Austin volunteers at her local humane society and plays the ukulele, guitar, and piano. She has also earned quite a reputation as a baker for her irresistible vegan focaccia bread. Austin’s perfect afternoon? Sitting under a shade tree with her beloved animal friends.
In addition to the health benefits, every vegan saves the lives of more than 100 animals every year. Raising animals for food is also a leading cause of water pollution, land degradation, and greenhouse-gas emissions.
Voters chose five females and five males as finalists, and peta2 chose another five girls and five boys based on enthusiasm (and cuteness, of course!). peta2 will select the two winners based on several factors, including vote count. See full contest details here. To view photos and read bios of all the finalists, please click here. For more information, please visit peta2.com.