Sanford 10-Year-Old Wins National PETA Kids Kudos

For Immediate Release:
August 2, 2022

David Perle 202-483-7382

Sanford, Fla. – Megaphone in hand, 10-year-old Serenity MacAllister has hit the streets for animal rights rallies everywhere from Atlanta to Miami. Now, her determination and enthusiasm have earned her second place in PETA Kids’ 2022 All-Star for Animals Contest.

A vegan for six years, Serenity moved with her family from Pennsylvania to Sanford a year ago. Since then, she has seized every opportunity to speak up for animals in Florida, from calling attention to SeaWorld’s cruelty to marine mammals in Orlando to rallying to end the horse-drawn carriage trade in St. Augustine and attending protests against the meat and fur industries. Eager to serve as a resource for those around her, she shares information about the meat industry with inquiring classmates at school and has even helped a friend eat more vegan meals. A guardian to several adopted cats, she hopes to become a famous gymnast and own a vegan restaurant when she’s older.

“Whether she’s boldly marching in animal rights rallies or inspiring her friends to eat more vegan food, Serenity is setting a heroic example for young people everywhere,” says PETA Senior Director of Youth Programs Marta Holmberg. “Animals have an ally in Serenity, and PETA Kids is delighted to honor her for leading us all toward a kinder future.”

In addition to delicious vegan cookies from San Diego–based Maya’s Cookies, Serenity will receive a personalized megaphone and a T-shirt from PETA Kids. See the full contest details here.

PETA Kids—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Facebook or Instagram.

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