Woodstock Girl Makes Final Five in PETA’s ‘2014 Cutest Vegan Kids’ Contest

Energetic 11-Year-Old Could Soon Star in Her Own Ad

For Immediate Release:
February 27, 2014

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Woodstock, N.Y. – Eleven-year-old Woodstock resident Shannon Byrne could be America’s next child star. That’s because she’s one of five female finalists in PETA Kids’ 2014 Cutest Vegan Kids contest, and now it’s up to voters to help PETA Kids decide whom it should pick as the winners—one girl and one boy—who will be announced on March 3. Voting ends at 12 noon EST on March 3, and each winner will receive a PETA Kids prize pack and appear in a PETA Kids ad.

“Shannon is very proud that she made the kind and healthy choice to go vegan, and her smart decision could soon place her in the national spotlight,” says PETA Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns Marta Holmberg. “Everyone who goes vegan saves nearly 100 animals every year from daily suffering and a terrifying death, and all our contestants are setting an example that should be followed by young and old alike.”

One day, Shannon asked her mother where hamburger comes from, and after learning that it was from cows, she went vegan on the spot. Soon afterward, she started doing even more for animals. She holds blanket drives for the local animal shelter, volunteers at an animal sanctuary, educates all her classmates about the benefits of going vegan, and attends as many animal rights protests as she can. Her favorite foods include dairy-free pizza, vegan pesto, vegan mozzarella sticks, and kale chips.

PETA Kids will select the winners based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here.

For more information and to cast your vote to help PETA Kids decide whom it should choose as the winners, please visit PETAKids.com/CutestVegan.

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