Victorious Vivian: Milwaukie Girl Crowned PETA’s 2016 ‘Cutest Vegan Kid’

Aerial Gymnast Catapults to Fame for Her Creativity in Helping Animals

For Immediate Release:
April 22, 2016

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Milwaukie, Ore. – Seven-year-old Milwaukie resident Vivian Anderson has stolen hearts across the nation because of her compassion and enthusiasm for taking action for animals. Vivian has just been chosen as the female winner of PETA Kids’ 2016 Cutest Vegan Kids contest, beating out dozens of contestants 12 and under and earning a trophy, an animal-friendly prize pack, and a year’s worth of bragging rights.

“Whether handing out vegan food to the homeless or donating supplies to her local animal shelter, Vivian’s creativity in helping animals has earned her PETA’s 2016 ‘Cutest Vegan Kid’ Award,” says PETA Senior Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns Marta Holmberg. “Every vegan kid sets a compassionate example for all ages and makes the world a better place by the forkful.”

Vivian has been vegetarian since birth and ditched dairy foods and eggs at just 2½ years old. Her favorite meals are chickpea cutlets, cucumber and avocado sushi, and vegan mac ‘n’ cheese. She declined a friend’s aquarium birthday party invitation because she is against keeping animals in captivity, and she’s taking aerial gymnastics lessons so that she can someday join a Cirque du Soleil–style circus that doesn’t force animals to perform. Vivian also loves to play with the cat she rescued, Sir Fluff, and she donates supplies to the animal shelter she adopted him from.

PETA Kids—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—selected the winners based on several factors, including vote count. For more information, please visit

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