16-Year-Old Animal Rights Club Founder’s Commitment to Kindness Wins Big
For Immediate Release:
July 1, 2013
Shakira Croce 202-483-7382
Peachtree City, Ga. — It’s a new kind of “honor” for 16-year-old honors student Chloe Hull: The Starr’s Mill High School junior has beaten out a field of nine other female finalists to become the female winner of the Cutest Vegan Alive contest sponsored by peta2, PETA’s youth division. Because of the growing population of young vegans, this was the first year that the eight-year-old contest was open to vegans only instead of all vegetarians. Visitors flocked to peta2.com to help the group decide who it should choose as a winner.
“Chloe’s commitment to using every opportunity to speak up for animals—whether it’s sharing a vegan meal with friends or attending an animal rights demonstration in Atlanta—makes her stand out among the country’s cutest vegans,” says peta2 Director Marta Holmberg. “peta2 is proud to recognize all the young people who are taking steps to help animals, the environment, and their health by going vegan.”
Chloe credits PETA’s hard-hitting video exposé of the meat industry, “Glass Walls,” with first influencing her to go vegan. Now, she is a dedicated peta2 Street Teamer who has attended many local PETA protests against fur, fast food, and more. Chloe serves as the secretary of her high school class and is the founder of her school’s animal rights club.
Although Chloe’s main motivation for going vegan was her concern for the billions of animals who are slaughtered every year for food, others are attracted by the health benefits: Vegans are less prone to heart disease, obesity, cancer, and diabetes than meat-eaters are. Vegan meals are also “greener,” as raising animals for food is a leading cause of water pollution, land degradation, and greenhouse-gas emissions.
Chloe will hold the title for a year. She and the male winner—20-year-old Fort Wainwright, Alaska, service member Alexander Contreras—will each receive a professional photo shoot and star in a peta2 ad.
Winners were selected based on several factors, including vote count. For more information, please visit peta2.com.