Toronto 7-Year-Old Named PETA Superstar

Young Boy Goes Vegan at 5, Fights Animal Abuse at Every Turn

For Immediate Release:
March 27, 2014

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Toronto – There’s a reason that 7-year-old Noah Porter-Rosensweig has earned the nickname “Powerhouse” from his fellow animal rights protesters. On a blustery January day with temperatures hovering around minus 30 degrees Celsius, he stood alongside his mother, Miriam, and 40 other activists outside a Toronto aquarium calling for an end to the cruel imprisonment of marine mammals for entertainment. He also went vegan at age 5 after taking PETA’s 30-Day Vegan Pledge and telling his mother at its conclusion, “Now we have to do it forever.” And he recently attended a protest outside a popular Queen Street clothier that sells goose-down and coyote-fur attire.

For his outstanding contributions to fighting animal abuse, Noah will receive a Superstar for Animals Award from PETA Kids, PETA’s children’s division.

“If it causes animal suffering, you’ll find Noah demanding that it stop,” says PETA Senior Manager of Youth Campaigns Rachelle Owen. “Young people are leading the animal rights charge, and Noah is a trailblazer they can look to for inspiration.”

According to Miriam, Noah was born with empathy for any living being who suffers. In fact, at a very early age, he would rescue ladybugs from park slides and worms from rain-soaked sidewalks. Noah’s first organized action was at age 4, when he protested against the captivity of an orca named Tilikum, who is imprisoned at SeaWorld and was the subject of the acclaimed 2013 documentary Blackfish. During the protest, Noah turned to his mother and asked, “Do you think he can hear us all the way at SeaWorld in Florida?” His mother assured him that if he speaks loud enough, his voice will be heard.

Noah will receive a certificate and be featured on

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