Compassionate kids from coast to coast entered for a chance to be crowned the Cutest Vegan Kids of 2013. But only two cuties could claim the title and win the chance to star in their own PETA Kids ad!
Because we had so many wonderful, inspiring entries, one boy and one girl also earned an honorable mention for everything that they do to help animals.
Hometown: Columbia City, Indiana
Description: Ciera is an avid animal lover and proud vegan. She has been vegan since conception. She will tell anyone that animals are her friends and she doesn't eat her friends. Ciera never argues or complains about not being able to have candy or foods that other kids are eating. She knows that what she eats did not cause any animal to suffer. Ciera leafleted for the first time this year and loved it. She plans to do a lot more of it. She is so proud of herself for helping to save animals. Ciera's brothers and sisters include two dogs, two cats, 10 rats, four mice, and one fish—all rescued animals.
Hometown: Fairfield, Iowa
Description: A 6 1/2-year-old from Fairfield, Iowa, Vaughn decided on his own to go vegan shortly after his fifth birthday after being raised a vegetarian from birth. This past year, Vaughn has really developed his own passion for animal rights after witnessing people at a zoo taunt monkeys into throwing themselves repeatedly against the glass barrier of their small enclosure; this event motivated Vaughn never to want to visit another zoo and to declare, "I wish there weren't any zoos. Animals should be in nature." His commitment to veganism and animal rights has inspired his 4 1/2-year-old sister to also make the switch to veganism, and by sharing his values and the book That's Why We Don't Eat Animals with several family friends, Vaughn has convinced five adults to make the switch either to veganism or vegetarianism. Vaughn's favorite food is black-bean and spinach enchiladas with Daiya cheese and vegan sour cream, and his favorite activities are climbing trees, drawing, riding his bike, and digging holes in the yard.
Hometown: Norfolk, Virginia
Description: Sri volunteers every Thursday night at the Norfolk PETA work party and is active in demonstrations in the Hampton Roads community. Not only is she a volunteer at PETA, she is also working hand in hand with her school to provide education on animal rights and compassionate living. Whether she is making catnip holiday treats or standing up for circus animals, she is an inspiration for the future!
Hometown: Westland, Michigan
Description: Dylan is a future animal rights activist for sure. Anytime someone has food around him, he will ask, "Is that vegan?" Then he will say, "Is that really from animals? That is gross, Mommy." He sees the KFC colonel "cartoon" image and says, "Mommy, that man is scary." Anywhere we go, he will ask, "Let me read the ingredients. Is it vegan, Mommy?" He will correct us if we say, "Chicken nuggets," instead of "vegan chicken nuggets." He will say, "That isn't vegan! I do not eat animals—that is mean." He is an extremely active boy, he loves Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and all things superhero. He plays hockey in the basement for hours and even has his own rock wall that he can climb. If anyone has a doubt that being vegan isn't healthy for a kid, they haven't met Dylan.
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