With so many cute kids entering to be crowned the Cutest Vegan Kids of 2013, the competition is fierce! Check out all the compassionate cuties below, and let us know who you think should move on to the finalist round by filling out the form below and selecting one boy and one girl using the drop-down menus. See the contest details page for more info on how finalists and winners are selected.

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Girls

Name: Chloe
Age: 1
Hometown: Bisbee, Arizona
Description: Chloe is still 85 percent breast fed, but when she’s not enjoying Mommy’s milk, you can often find her nomming on an avocado! Yummy! She just turned 12 months and lives in Bisbee, Arizona, with her mommy, daddy, and 17 fish!


Name: Jozlynn
Age: 4
Hometown: Payson, Arizona
Description: Jozlynn is a little firecracker. She loves to dance, sing, and love on her pug, Ellen. She has an absolute love for any animal.

Name: Anabella
Age: 5
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
Description: Bella is a smart, compassionate vegan child who LOVES animals. She has two dogs and would like a pig. She finds it abhorrent that people would want to eat any animal. She’s also interested in nutrition and the way food affects her body. She loves being a healthy vegan child!

Name: Angelina
Age: 9
Hometown: Howard Beach, New York
Description: Angelina is a lifelong vegan who is funny and has compassion and understanding and respect for all living things. She loves life and has always known every animal who is a vegetarian. Angelina has a lop-top bunny rabbit named Bunny. Best of all, she is very proud to be a vegan!

Name: Skylynn
Age: 4
Hometown: Oneonta, New York
Description: Skylynn is an active 4-year-old. She loves animals. She tries to help every animal, even insects. She refuses to eat meat because it makes her sad thinking that she ate her friend.

Name: Kiley
Age: 2
Hometown: Benson, North Carolina
Description: Kiley is a sweet and adorable toddler who loves animals! Kiley’s favorite vegan foods are chocolate soy milk and carrot sticks with hummus. Kiley is very sociable. She loves being the center of attention and loves to dance!

Name: Fallyn
Age: 18 months
Hometown: Skiatook, Oklahoma
Description: Fallyn is a super-smart and funny little girl who loves her fruits and veggies!

Name: Alexa
Age: 18 months
City, State: Sellersville, Pennsylvania
Description: Alexa is an adorable vegan cutie pie! She love to color, read, and play with her big sister. Her favorite food is blueberries, and her favorite animal is all of them. She loves them all equally and loves to eat healthy with a vegan diet.

Name: Victoria
Age: 9
Hometown: Harvard, Massachusetts
Description: Victoria is a loving, caring, and very smart girl, and she is very cute! Her hobbies include art, baking, lacrosse, gymnastics, and dancing.

Name: Ava Grace
Age: 3
Hometown: Magnetic Springs, Ohio
Description: Ava Grace is wonderful. She cares about everybody and loves animals so much!

Name: Ramona
Age: 14 months
Hometown: Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Description: Ramona is a beautiful vegan (since birth) baby girl. She loves eating anything vegan, especially tofu, sweet potatoes, and avocados. She is extremely goofy, and her favorite phrase to say is “Oh, yeah!” We are pretty sure she loves all animals, but especially cats, pandas, and otters.

Name: Jenascia
Age: 2
Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Description: Jenascia is funny and active and loves to dance. Her favorite thing to do is to flip on her head over and over. Her mom calls Jenascia her “little monkey.” She jumps from place to place because she has so much energy. She loves to eat healthy.

Name: Emma
Age: 7 months
Hometown: Burlington, Iowa
Description: Emma has been a vegan since the day she was born. She is a very long, lean, thriving baby because of all the nutrition-packed fruits, vegetables, and breast milk she devours.

Name: Lilly
Age: 4
Hometown: Rosamond, California
Description: Lilly is a very active, fun-loving child. She is very intelligent and caring. She loves to color, draw, and paint and is very creative. She loves animals of all kind! Her favorite is her Kitty Pickles. She loves dancing and listening to music, especially rock ‘n’ roll.

Name: Emily
Age: 8
Hometown: Pella, Iowa
Description: Emily is a camera ham; she loves to take and be the star of pictures. She is very loving and caring. She is a horse lover and loves dogs, cats, bunnies, hamsters, chickens, and cows. Emily worries about animals being hurt and not being loved.

Name: Addison
Age: 10
Hometown: Lepanto, Arkansas
Description: Addison is a fun and outgoing. She will do anything for her bube.

Name: Haven
Age: 6
Hometown: Winter Garden, Florida
Description: Haven is 6 years old and has been a vegan since she was in her mother’s womb. She is a nature and animal lover. She’s so happy that she’s being raised in a vegan home and lifestyle. She is a compassionate child and an amazing sister to her special-needs older brother, Drake. She is a member of Animal Activists of Central Florida and PETA. She loves attending protests and likes to talk to individuals about her vegan lifestyle and about the effect on animals and the environment when not eating a plant-based diet. She is 6 going on 25. She’s a sweetheart, and she makes her parents very proud. She’s a constant example for her classmates and friends about veganism. She hosts her birthday and play dates with vegan meals, and the kids see how they can have a delicious, fun meal that’s plant-based.

Name: Ava Isabel
Age: 5
Hometown: North Canton, Ohio
Description: Ava Isabel is vivacious, fearless, social, and happy (most of the time)! She has always been drawn to animals, and she has been doing animal rescues with her mommy and daddy since she was a little baby. She dearly loves all her rescued animals (we have a houseful—14 to be exact), and she even worked hard this past year with her daddy’s assistance to save a large turtle caught in the neighborhood sewer, a frog the neighbor kids had trapped and caged to her dismay, a baby duckling at the park whose leg was broken, and an opossum who had been hit by a car, just to name a few examples. In addition, she helped her parents do a PETA investigation last summer and made the videotape with them at the investigation site (at age 4, she talks in it and tells about what we found during the investigation). Ava also goes every single night with her parents to take care of 10 feral cat colonies around town, and she has been doing this her entire life. She loves animals with her whole heart and says she is going to be a vet (and a mermaid) when she grows up. In relation to food, Ava has never liked meat since infancy, and in daycare, we even had to tell her teachers that she should be allowed to refuse to eat meat for her lunch. With her sweet kindness and compassion for all living creatures, Ava is definitely a true friend to them and a very young animal rescuer already as well!

Name: Rose
Age: 11
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Description: Rose is a diehard vegan! Her mother introduced her to this lifestyle almost a year ago, and she loves it! She is so compassionate toward other living things and has a real heart to help all God’s creatures! She LOVES PETA’s maroon “Vegan” hoodie, and it just might be a must-have for her 12th birthday!

Name: Lyannie
Age: 6
Hometown: Glendora, California
Description: She went vegan after her participation in a PETA protest against McDonald’s on Hollywood Boulevard three years ago. She realized by herself and made the decision to stop eating animals with the food offered in the daycare. She is a singer! She takes piano and voice lessons. She is a wonderful sister and daughter.

Name: Adara
Age: 11
Hometown: Eureka, California
Description: Adara is a passionate young lady who cares deeply about animal rights and animals. She decided to go vegetarian at the age of 4 after wondering what Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web was saving Wilbur from. Her family went vegan not long after that, after discovering all the different ways that animals are abused. Adara attends gymnastics and jiu-jitsu (where she’s a blue belt) regularly and participates in all team sports. She enjoys volunteering at a local animal shelter, loving on the kitties and walking the dogs. She loves to eat fresh, healthy food and isn’t afraid to let her classmates know why she chooses not to eat certain foods that are brought in. She loves to bake and says that when she grows up, she wants to be a vegan baker and an Olympic gymnast.
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Name: Mya
Age: 5
Hometown: Quincy, Massachusetts
Description: Mya, aka “The Purple Mermaid,” is one BIG enthusiast! She’s enthusiastic about life, meeting new friends, and her strong belief in the need to save animals! When her mom took the pledge on the PETA website to no longer wear fur, Mya asked what she could also do to help. They visited the PETA Kids site and found out that adding more vegan menu items to our meals was another way to support animals. It’s a step-by-step process on the road to being considered absolutely 100 percent vegetarians, but so far, it’s been healthy and lots of fun! Mya’s parents commend her for being voluntarily willing to give up some of her favorite foods, especially knowing it’s for such a great cause: saving animals!
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Name: Alisha
Age: 11
Hometown: Jackson, Michigan
Description: Alisha loves to spend time with her friends talking about how they should become vegan. Alisha has been vegan for a year and a half. She loves her animals and having her bearded dragon on her shoulder! She loves looking up the news on PETA Kids.

Name: Addison
Age: 4
Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
Description: She loves all animals, especially doggies. Her favorite food is vegan ice cream piled high with toppings! She is all about the color pink, although sometimes she overcompensates with pink in a house with two brothers! She loves painting and coloring and enjoys her dance class as well!

Name: Siren
Age: 5
Hometown: Midwest City, Oklahoma
Description: Siren is always thinking of others, especially animals. She has a dog, Molly, and a cat, Snow White. She is in kindergarten. She has a rare eye condition called “aniridia,” but that doesn’t slow her down. She loves to be out in nature. Her favorite animal right now is horses. She spends a lot of time asking questions. She loves Full House.

Name: Sri
Age: 7
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!

Name: Krislyn
Age: 7
Hometown: The Colony, Texas
Description: Krislyn is an active girl who enjoys making her friends laugh and dancing! Her passion to protect animals has been her drive since she made the choice to go vegetarian at the age of 3!

Name: Malia
Age: 4
Hometown: Eugene, Oregon
Description: Malia has been vegan since birth. She loves helping out in the kitchen, making all kinds of yummy vegan food, and playing in the woods.

Name: Knicole
Age: 12
Hometown: Issaquah, Washington
Description: Knicole has been vegan since she was inside her mom’s stomach. She doesn’t believe that animals should be killed by humans for food, clothing, or shoes. It makes her sad to see a cow on a farm and know that one day it will be someone’s meal. She hopes one day animals will never be hurt or eaten by humans. She is especially against hunting.

Name: Lorein
Age: 11
Hometown: Glendora, California
Description: Lorein started being vegan in 2009. Her mother is proud she made the decision by herself. Her mom has been vegan since 2008. Lorein loves to investigate animals facts. She loves math. She plays violin since three years ago. She loves to participate in PETA protests in the Los Angeles area.

Name: Angelica
Age: 6
Hometown: Celebration, Florida
Description: Angelica is an inspirational, kind, gentle, intelligent girl who loves all animals but especially her little dog, Mia.

Name: Giovanna
Age: 2
Hometown: Oakland, California
Description: Giovanna (Joey) is vegan and falls madly in love with every animal she meets. Her family’s animal companions’ names were among her first words. Her favorite color is blue, and her two best friends are Sophie (a puppy) and Rita (a kitty).

Name: Clementine
Age: 2
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Description: Clementine’s favorite color is yellow. She enjoys slides and swings. She has a stash of stuffed animals that receive excellent care, including expert diapering, and are always tucked in nice and cozy for their naps. Clementine loves broccoli, Parma! vegan cheese, sweet potatoes, and mushrooms. Donkeys are her favorite animal.

Name: Marley
Age: 11
Hometown: Brookfield, Ohio
Description: Marley is patient, loving, and kind. She is a gentle soul who holds the lives of every living creature (including humans) in the highest regard. For a girl so young, she has an old soul.

Name: Mia
Age: 18 months
Hometown: Chesapeake, Virginia
Description: Mia may be only 18 months old, but she knows how to treat animals. She absolutely loves her family’s two adopted pups. She has never had a piece of meat and is as healthy as can be!

Name: Salome Violeta
Age: 2
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Description: Salome Violeta is very funny, smart, and laid back, and she enjoys dancing.

Name: Shannon
Age: 11
Hometown: Bellingham, Washington
Description: Shannon is a lover of all. She has always had such a light in her that it was no great surprise that she went vegan. She goes out of her way to inform anyone and everyone about food choices. She is a great, compassionate, and loving child.

Name: Zadie
Age: 14 months
Hometown: Kensington, California
Description: Zadie is a happy, curious little girl. She enjoys looking at books, playing with blocks, and kissing her family’s two rescued dogs. Her favorite foods include tofu, red lentils, strawberries, and wheat bagels with a little peanut butter.

Name: Ciera
Age: 11
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.

Name: Giorgia
Age: 3
Hometown: Newport Beach, California
Description: Giorgia has been vegan since conception. She is an avid animal lover—her two best friends (besides her brother and sister) are Chica and Ransom, her family’s rescued bullmastiffs. Giorgia helped rescue Ransom and has never left his side! She loves helping all animals and is always the first to help feed or clean up after them. Feisty and fun, she is a great singer, a budding artist, a fashionista, and a hearty eater. Her favorite foods are her mom’s vegan lemon vanilla mini cupcakes with vegan buttercream frosting, lentil soup with veggies and brown rice, anything with kale, homemade vegan fried seitan, and avocados.

Name: Kira
Age: 4
Hometown: Novato, California
Description: Kira is a loving, sweet, funny, outgoing, and charismatic little girl. She loves animals and being vegan. In fact, she tells everyone she meets that she is vegan. She still gets confused as to what is and isn’t “meat,” though. When she orders French fries at a restaurant, she always tells the server that she wants the French fries with no meat in them!

Name: Amar’e
Age: 22 months
Hometown: Gorham, New Hampshire
Description: Amar’e is a fun-loving, free-spirited toddler. She has been vegan for most of her life. She is a natural foodie and loves to help out in the kitchen. She also loves her two dogs and two cats very much.

Name: Layla
Age: 2
Hometown: Williamsville, New York
Description: Layla loves animals. She owns dozens of stuffed animals that she has over for a tea party, puts on a play with, and dresses up as princesses. Layla loves beans, chickpeas, broccoli, pineapple, rice, almond butter on a bagel, and barbecue seitan. When she went to Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, she went up to all the animals and had a lovely chat with each of them. She wanted to show them all her new boots. She tells her teachers in preschool that she doesn’t eat animals and asks if the snacks in her school “have no animals in them.” She is growing up to be such a wonderful little vegan, and she makes her mom and dad so proud.

Name: Vivian
Age: 4.5 years
Hometown: Fairfield, Iowa
Description: A 4 1/2-year-old from Fairfield, Iowa, Vivian made the switch to veganism this past summer after being raised vegetarian from birth. A cat lover, Vivian convinced her parents to adopt a rescued cat by the name of Sir Fluff during a trip to the local animal shelter to drop off food and supply donations. Even at her young age, she has no problem telling people that she is a vegan and questioning their own dietary choices, often with a humorously judging scowl. Understanding that veganism is not only the right ethical choice but also the right health choice, Vivian has stated, “I don’t want to eat animals because I don’t want to die!” Vivian’s favorite foods are macaroni with cashew “cheese” sauce and dark, nondairy chocolate chips. Her favorite activities include singing, dancing, vegan baking with mom, and nonstop talking.

Name: Athena
Age: 8
Hometown: San Diego, California
Description: Athena is a smart and creative kid. She does great in school and has sewn her own clothing as well as made her own shoes out of duct tape. She is a proud vegan and has been all her life. She has gotten many of her friends interested in veganism. She’s very reserved when you first meet her, but she actually loves to perform!

Name: Fauna
Age: 18 months
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Description: Fauna is a beautiful little city nymph who loves everyone and smiles constantly (until she needs a nap!). She loves animals, books, tea parties, the forest, and the ocean. She has been on a plant-based diet since she started eating at 6 months, and she loves it! Her favorite food would have to be chickpeas in curry.

Name: Gianna
Age: 11
Hometown: Playa Vista, California
Description: Gianna has been raised a vegan. She is proud of it. She brings her classmates vegan snacks to try every day. She inspires them to save animals and be vegan like her. Her mother gets calls from other mothers all the time asking what she puts in Gianna’s lunch because their kids want it, too! Gianna stands up against zoos and sea prisons by refusing to go with her Girl Scout Troop and on school field trips to those places. She asks them to make other choices. She has been to circus protests with her mom. She gets straight A’s at school. She has won a state math competition and got an award from President Obama for her outstanding academic excellence. She has been studying ballet since she was 4.

Name: Charlie
Age: 10
Hometown: Lafayette, CA
Description: Charlie, a life-long animal lover and vegetarian who went vegan 18 months ago, says, “I don’t eat meat because animals are my friends and humans should not kill and eat animals for any reason. Animals are not here for us to use and abuse. They have their own lives, friends, and families that should not be destroyed. It’s also good for my health and the environment.” Charlie loves to cook and bake with her mom and has her own blog about food, recipes, and animal issues. She has a very compassionate soul and is a dedicated advocate for animal rights. Go green!

Name: Gaia
Age: 7
Hometown: Bel Air, Maryland
Description: She is very loving and very compassionate. She feels very strongly about every animal issue. She dreams of being a vegan fashion designer. Her designs are ROCKIN’. She also attends animal protests.
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Name: Ella
Age: 3
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Description: Ella is very outgoing and bright. She enjoys talking to everyone and loves animals. She lights up a room and has a flair for the dramatic. She is very caring and makes everyone smile all the time!

Name: Maya
Age: 5
Hometown: Lutherville, Maryland
Description: Five-year-old Maya, along with her two older brothers, Tyler (11) and Will (9), has been vegan since conception! Maya has been raised knowing and understanding that animals are sentient beings who are not here for our use but for their own purpose. She has been visiting farmed-animal sanctuaries since she was a baby as well as tagging along and now participating in activism for animals, such as leafleting, demos, and vegan feed-ins with her mom. To Maya, animals are definitely friends, not food! Additionally, Maya lives with her parents, brothers, and adopted dog and cats and rescued lab rats.

Name: Indira
Age: 9
Hometown: Green Mountain, North Carolina
Description: Indira is without a doubt the most caring and compassionate child. Her family runs a volunteer, nonprofit animal sanctuary from their home, and Indira is the hardest worker! She has a deep love for animals, and she spends a great deal of her time loving on and caring for the animals her family has rescued. Indira even volunteers her time at the local humane society. Indira has been a vegan since birth, and she is the only vegan in her school. She spent her own Christmas money on vegan shirts with messages against cruelty to animals, and she proudly wears her favorite, which reads, “McCruelty, I’m Hatin’ It!” to school. She also gladly tells everyone why she doesn’t eat anything that came from an animal.

Name: Aleighna
Age: 10
Hometown: San Diego, California
Description: Aleighna is a cute, cool vegetarian.

Name: Talia
Age: 3
Hometown: Crown Point, IN
Description: Talia is a lover of all things in life, especially animals. She is the sweetest kid and has a very warm, loving personality. She is quite the character as well. Being raised as a vegan has shown her how to live a compassionate life.

Name: Azra
Age: 4
Hometown: Hazelwood, Missouri
Description: Azra is 4 years old and enjoys dress-up and anything princess-related. She loves animals and is the only 4 year old her mother knows who would turn down a cupcake if it had animal products in it.

Name: Jade
Age: 9
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Description: Jade has been vegan all through pregnancy and, so far, her whole life. She loves animals and joined PETA’s Ringling Bros. circus protest in L.A. She wants to start an animal sanctuary when she grows up.

Name: Destiny
Age: 10 months
Hometown: Ellsworth, Pennsylvania
Description: Destiny is a music and food lover and loves to dance! She truly enjoys fruits, veggies, tofu, and, of course, her mock meats. Destiny was an unexpected joy, and her parents are loving every day with her.
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Name: Emory
Age: 11 months
Hometown: Ames, Iowa
Description: Emory is almost 1 year old and an absolute sweetheart! She’s her parents’ little Valentine baby and is extremely intelligent, adorable, spunky, outgoing, sweet as sugar, hilariously entertaining, and as curious and on-the-go as a little monkey! Her best friends are her three large dogs and four cats, so her love and passion for animals began at birth! Emory’s mommy is vegetarian (near vegan), and Emory is being raised the same way. Oh, and Emory plans to be an animal advocate when she is big enough, too!

Name: Sadie Leia
Age: 7
Hometown: Pulaski, Tennessee
Description: Sadie Leia has been vegan since birth. She is in second grade, and math is her favorite subject. Sadie Leia loves to bake—in fact, her pie crust is the flakiest her mother has ever had. She loves to travel and has been to Portland, Oregon, as well as Denver and New York City.

Name: Vicky
Age: 3
Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
Description: Vicky is the cutest, smartest 3-year-old her parents know. She loves animals and loves being vegan. When someone offers her food, she does not hesitate to ask, “Is it vegan?”

Name: Raea
Age: 11
Hometown: Snow Camp, North Carolina
Description: Raea has been vegan since birth, and she lives among dozens of rescued animals at a sanctuary. She has influenced and educated many of her friends and has brought veganism to light in school and Girl Scouts. In kindergarten, she was instrumental in getting the class name changed from “Whalers” to “Whales” when she pointed out that whalers kill whales. Raea is an extremely happy and healthy child and will do anything for animals.

Name: Helen
Age: 15 months
Hometown: Sherman Oaks, California
Description:Helen is too young to realize what it means to be vegan, but she has been thriving on a plant-based diet from the start. She is bright and energetic and already has a love for animals. She searches for squirrels out the windows and imitates the barking dogs she sees on walks. She loves reading books about animals and imitating the noises they make. Her mom is happy knowing that Helen never willingly harms animals, whom she adores.

Name: Aurora
Age: 9 months
Hometown: Northridge, California
Description: Aurora’s family is vegan and has passed its values down to Aurora. She has been vegan since she was conceived, regardless of the advice of the many doctors who have tried to change her diet as a baby.

Name: Rian
Age: 7
Hometown: Leemore, California
Description: Rian is a beautiful, smart, and sweet 7-year-old. Although we were not a vegan family when she was born, we soon found out that she is allergic to milk. That started us on the journey to becoming vegan when she was 3 years old. She loves nondairy milk and tofu right out of the container. Rian has shown several of her friends what is it like to be a vegan by getting them to try new vegetables and chocolate almond milk.

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Boys

Name: Broderyck
Age: 2
Hometown: Ogden, Utah
Description: Broderyck is a very energetic 2-year-old, who is obsessed with superheroes. He has had two heart surgeries and is quite the fighter. He has been vegan his whole life and always eats everything on his plate. Some of his favorite foods are dinner crêpes, Boca nuggets, broccoli, and Clif Bars. He loves soy milk. He also loves to go to the store and help his family shop, especially since the local health-food store has mini carts. Broderyck loves his family’s animal companions—a cat and a dog—and can be seen crawling around pretending to be them and hugging and kissing them.


Name: Logan
Age: 2
Hometown: Monroe, New York
Description: Logan is a total animal lover! He loves playing with his family’s dogs, and his favorite books are picture books of animals. He is a third-generation animal lover who loves meat-free “chicken” nuggets with ketchup. His favorite animals are dogs, cows, and whales.

Name: William
Age: 8
Hometown: North Charleston, South Carolina
Description: William is kind-hearted and cares about animals. He gets sad when he hears about animals getting hurt. His cat, Rigel, is his best friend. He likes to attend peaceful protests and hold up signs.

Name: Jett
Age: 3
Hometown: Mountain View, California
Description: Jett is just about as sweet as he looks! With two big brothers who are vegan, he’s following suit with a love of veggies—yes, he’s a 3-year-old who loves vegetables! He’s been vegan since birth and likes to build with Legos, make artwork, and play with his brothers and friends.
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Name: Brenden
Age: 8
Hometown: Taunton, Massachusetts
Description: Brenden is 8 and loves to be a voice for animals. He has participated in many demonstrations and refuses to go to the circus—even when it’s for a school field trip. He loves all animals.

Name: Nico
Age: 3
Hometown: Cypress, California
Description: Nico has been vegan since he was in the womb. He has a lust for life and brings joy wherever he goes. His family lives a strong vegan lifestyle and has instilled in him the importance of human and animal rights. His favorite foods are bananas and whole-wheat toast. He also likes to sip on green smoothies.

Name: J Roman
Age: 8
Hometown: La Habra, California
Description: J Roman is a kind-hearted vegan and has even inspired some of his friends at school to try different foods. If it were up to him, he would bring home every stray dog. When he walks home from school, he sometimes picks up litter. His favorite foods are Tofurky sandwiches and Gardein “chicken” nuggets.

Name: Jordan
Age: 2
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Description: Jordan is a sweet little boy. He cares more about sharing with others than himself. For Christmas, he got to dress up as Santa and hand out presents. He was so happy to be giving others gifts that he wasn’t interested in his own presents. He loves his family’s shih tzu, Gizmo, whom he calls “Moo Moo” because it’s hard for him to say “Gizmo.”

Name: Bodhi
Age: 5
Hometown: Jupiter, Florida
Description: Bodhi says that he is a vegan because he is an herbivore and an animal and he doesn’t want to eat other animals.

Name: Gabe
Age: 9
Hometown: Colbert, Washington
Description: Gabe is quite the little activist—he’s always telling others why he is vegan and what they can do to help animals.

Name: Bear
Age: 3
Hometown: Barnegat, New Jersey
Description: Bear is a vegan who loves his four rescued dogs. He also likes to eat tofu burgers, veggie nuggets, vegan mac ‘n’ cheese, and peanut butter. He’s a loving little boy who will pick up a grasshopper and try to hug him and will try to pet any animal who comes his way.

Name: Nathan
Age: 6
Hometown: Imperial, Pennsylvania
Description: Nathan loves animals and has a large family of rescued animals that he helps care for. His family includes two dogs, three cats, a chinchilla, and a bunny—all rescued from unfortunate living situations. Last year, Nathan decided to take the vegan challenge and discovered that his mom knew a lot of tasty vegan recipes just for kids. He has really embraced this new healthy lifestyle!

Name: Damien
Age: 8
Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
Description: Damien loves anything to do with hockey, and you can often find him on the ice practicing with his ice hockey team or reading about the previous night’s NHL games. His aspiration is to become a vegan NHL player. His favorite places to eat are Plant in Asheville, North Carolina, and Blackbird Pizzeria in Philadelphia. He loves to eat!

Name: Keagan
Age: 10
Hometown: Boulder, Colorado
Description: Keagan has been a vegan his whole life. He is very energetic, outgoing, and athletic. His favorite sport is baseball, and he’s been able to use synthetic mitts and balls. He also practices judo, plays guitar and trombone, and is an avid reader. Keagan’s classmates have labeled him as kind and caring.

Name: Danny
Age: 3
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Description: Danny has been vegan from conception. He loves to help elephants by attending Ringling demonstrations when the circus comes to town. His favorite job there is to run around and put PETA stickers on all the kids. He is obsessed with dinosaurs and knows that “T. rex eats other dinosaurs, but I don’t—I’m vegan!” Danny’s interests include trying to stay up past his bedtime, attempting to breakdance, and sweeping with a broom.

Name: Cale
Age: 3
Hometown: Fox River Grove, Illinois
Description: Cale is full of life, laughter, and questions. The first question he asks anyone he meets is “Are you vegetarian (or vegan)?” If he gets no response, he follows up with “Do you eat cows?” and that usually gets the person’s attention! While he is only 3 and still trying to fully grasp the concept of veganism, he proudly tells complete strangers that he doesn’t eat cow cheese. He also raised several hundred dollars in donations for a local animal shelter on his third birthday, in lieu of gifts.

Name: Alaya
Age: 9
Hometown: Sarasota, Florida
Description: Alaya is a computer genius and loves animals.
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Name: Kadin
Age: 5
Hometown: Independence, Missouri
Description: Kadin has been a vegan since birth. He has never liked nor wanted to eat meat of any kind. He cannot stand the thought of eating animals. He has always said that he doesn’t eat animals—he loves them.

Name: Braylon
Age: 7
Hometown: Mountain View, California
Description: Braylon has been vegan since the age of 2 when his big brother explained to him where chicken really comes from. He loves nature, science, and veggies straight from the garden and is an amazing brother and friend.
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Name: Cade
Age: 8
Hometown: Mountain View, California
Description: Cade has been a proud (and educated) vegan since he was 3. He has gently convinced his friends at school to eat healthier and care about where their food actually comes from. He loves to draw, play piano, and be silly with his brothers.
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Name: Liam
Age: 12
Hometown: Collierville, Tennessee
Description: Liam is an amazing kid! It’s not easy emotionally to be vegan or into animal rights in the South, but since conception, he has lived a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally. Checkups have been the only visits to his pediatrician. As a toddler, he would stop his little friends on the playground from stomping on ants and has always enjoyed a good protest. He is a dancer who wears only vegan ballet shoes and a pianist who has donated competition winnings to his local animal shelter. He models and, for a contest for best commercial, chose to do a public service announcement on the importance of spay/neuter. As a homeschooler, he has the opportunity to interact with people of all ages and hopes to, by example, change as many minds and hearts to “his” way of thinking about animals as possible. His ultimate goal is to become well known in the arts so that he can reach as many people as possible about the importance of compassionate living.

Name: Robert
Age: 3
Hometown: Pacific Grove, CA
Description: Bobby is all boy. He loves sports, trucks, riding his bike at break-neck speed, and rough-housing. But he is a compassionate, kind, and empathetic soul through and through. One of my proudest moments as a parent was when he informed me in a matter-of-fact tone that “we don’t eat animals.” Neither of his parents ever specifically told him that, but he figured it out anyway! His dad tells Bobby every day that he’s his dad’s hero because not only is he living a life of mercy and compassion, he is also setting an example for countless others by demonstrating that you can grow up strong, healthy, smart, and joyful without exploiting or oppressing others. Many of his teachers at daycare have even gone vegan or vegetarian! At some point as he gets older, he will have to make his own choices concerning the kinds of foods he’ll eat and the clothes he’ll wear, etc., but his parents know that he will choose wisely and with love for all of God’s creatures in his heart.

Name: Liam
Age: 3
Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee
Description: Liam is a very compassionate, kind-hearted little boy. He cares deeply about the well-being of all creatures great and small, from ladybugs to elephants. He enjoys speaking up for animals and understands why it’s not OK to take from or hurt animals. Last year, he protested against Ringling Bros.

Name: Lucas
Age: 18 months
Hometown: Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
Description: Lucas is being raised vegan for ethical reasons. He is super-healthy and happy and astonishes meat-eating friends and family when they find out that he’s vegan.

Name: Kjonaas
Age: 4
Hometown: North Bethesda, Maryland
Description: Kjonaas has been vegan since he was in his mommy’s belly. He is very outspoken about his views on animal rights and even made up his own circus chant: “End the circus—it is mean. You should want to end that scene!” He loves to eat vegan goodies and is a frequent visitor at Sticky Fingers bakery in Washington, D.C. His favorite foods are Daiya cheddar cheese, Twilight candy bars, and any flavor of vegan cupcake.
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Name: Dresden
Age: 3
Hometown: Oakland, California
Description: Dresden has been vegan since birth. He can commonly be heard chanting, “Let’s go, Oakland” and “vegan power,” through the aisles of Whole Foods. When he confronts people who are not vegan, he politely says, “You can be vegan if you want to.”

Name: Brooks
Age: 6
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Description: Brooks has been vegan all his life. When asked why he doesn’t eat animals, he says that he doesn’t eat his cats, so why would he eat pigs or chickens? Brooks loves Harry Potter and trains as well as doing science experiments.

Name: Dexter
Age: 1
Hometown: Madisonville, Kentucky
Description: Dexter has been vegan since birth. He will not eat meat or drink milk from animals, at which he makes the “eww” face and runs as far away as he can. He is also allergic to dairy products, which has made his entire family switch to a dairy-free diet. Dexter also loves animals, especially his precious cat, Bella.
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Name: Ellis
Age: 1
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Description: Ellis has been vegan since the very beginning. He is a solid little guy, too, which is awesome confirmation that one can get big and strong eating a vegan diet. He is an adventurous eater, but as the attached video shows, fennel isn’t his favorite. He is also trying his best to learn to pet his family’s kitties gently, but he just gets so excited because he thinks that they are pretty much the best thing ever.
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Name: Hunter
Age: 6 months
Hometown: Woodbridge, Virginia
Description: Hunter is almost 6 months old and is a playful, enthusiastic little boy. He loves his mommy and daddy and his big brother, Chauncy (a dachshund).

Name: Django Riot
Age: 5
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Description: Django was born hours after his mom was at a Fur-Free Friday protest and has been a natural activist ever since. He is very active and loves helping out in his mom’s vegan bakery and telling his friends about being vegan. He excitedly hands out PETA stickers to young kids, helps leaflet at protests, raised more than $200 on his own this year for homeless animals, and ran a 5K for his local animal sanctuary at 2 years old. He loves animals and loves being vegan!
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Name: Christopher
Age: 11
Hometown: Lawrenceville, Georgia
Description: Christopher is compassionate, fun, smart, and challenging. He is the “vegan police” around the house, making sure that nothing has animal ingredients in it and that everything is cruelty-free. He chooses to give part of his allowance to animal advocacy groups and was instrumental in his father’s decision to go vegan. Christopher loves sports! He has a brown belt in tae kwon do and plays soccer. But in his free time, he likes playing the piano, playing football with friends, jumping on the trampoline, and annoying his twin sisters. He’s always encouraging people to show compassion to animals and is a great role model for friends and family.

Name: Benjamin
Age: 12
Hometown: Sandy, Oregon
Description: Benjamin has inspired so many of his friends and family to become aware and knowledgeable in understanding that being vegan is not only obviously best for all the animals but also best for humans, too.

Name: Luke
Age: 3.5
Hometown: New York, New York
Description: Luke has been vegan his whole life! He is super-smart, loves animals, is a member of Catskill Animal Sanctuary, and loves life!

Name: Tate
Age: 3
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Description: Tate is a third-generation vegetarian. He likes sports, especially hockey and football. Tate likes to go to the garden to pick fresh veggies and fruit and to eat them there. He loves all animals, especially cats and dogs. He is happy, lively, and very healthy.

Name: Taj
Age: 10
Hometown: West Hills, California
Description: Taj is sweet, kind, compassionate, smart, funny, athletic, musical, and talented. He enjoys surfing, playing soccer, playing guitar, and biking. He is a wonderful person, and he makes the world a better place every day, just by being himself!

Name: Oliver
Age: 6
Hometown: Greenville, SouthCarolina
Description: A sweet soul who naturally loves all animals, Oliver is proud to be a part of a third-generation vegetarian family. He enjoys karate, bubble tea, reading, drawing, and all things engineering! Oliver attends a great public school that is engineering- and science-focused and loves to explain to his friends why his family doesn’t eat animals.

Name: Wyatt
Age: 10 months
Hometown: Moorhead, Minnesota
Description: Wyatt is the happiest baby you will ever meet! He loves to giggle, walk, dance, and try new foods! His favorites are avocados and bananas!

Name: Damien
Age: 3
Hometown: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Description: Damien is an animal-loving autistic child. He is vegan because a) his mom is, b) the diet fits with his health issues, and c) it’s just not right to eat animals! Dame loves animals and is a future PETA member!

Name: Tyde
Age: 7
Hometown: Long Beach, California
Description: Tyde has been vegan since he was in the womb—his whole life. He loves animals and joined PETA’s recent protest at the Ringling Bros. circus in L.A.

Name: Declan
Age: 2.5
Hometown: Jersey City, New Jersey
Description: Declan was born vegan. He’s 2.5 years old, and he is still breastfed by his vegan mommy. Other than that, he sticks with soy, almond, and coconut milk. In fact, at his preschool, The Scandinavian School of Jersey City, they make fresh almond milk with the school’s Vitamix and serve the children three vegan meals per day! Declan loves lentils, black beans, ratatouille, minestrone, curry, asparagus, etc. He loves vegan sweets. We often bake vegan cookies and make vegan banana bread. At both of his birthdays, he had vegan cakes with vegan food. He wears all vegan clothes. He’s super-fun, active, and very jolly. He’s big and healthy. He’s been to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary several times. He loves birds, dogs, cats, cows, chickens, and all other animals. This photo was taken by the vegan photographer, Kiley Mullen, who works for the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York, at his parents’ vegan wedding in November 2012.

Name: Dylan
Age: 3
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.

Name: Raine
Age: 15 months
Hometown: Athens, West Virginia
Description: After starting off drinking formula, having our pediatrician diagnose him with milk protein allergies, and being pretty miserable, we switched him to soy, almond, and rice milk, and he was a completely different baby! I have been a vegetarian for almost 14 years and decided to finally cut all dairy out of my life right after I had my baby. I knew he would be a vegan boy and enjoy eating healthy like his mama. Raine is super happy, likes being around people a lot, and absolutely loves to eat vegan! Plus, he has gorgeous blue eyes and a contagious laugh.

Name: Kellen
Age: 18 months
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
Description: Kellen is the brightest spark of many lives! He constantly babbles in one loud voice and gives “huggies” to our two dogs, Kona and Max. We travel to our neighbor’s house every single day to see his two favorite “neigh-neighs,” and he feeds them organic carrots and hay. He even named his stuffed animal horse Dunny after one of the horses he visits daily. He is the liveliest boy, who enjoys walking in puddles and celebrating his newfound balance by walking backward and sideways. He is the love of his parents’ lives, and they hope to continue to foster his love of animals throughout his lifetime!
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Name: Vaughn
Age: 6
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.

Name: Naveen
Age: 7
Hometown: Albany, New York
Description: Naveen, a second-grader, has been a vegetarian since birth and vegan since 2 years of age when his mom decided it was time to take the plunge. And he’s so glad that she did. Two years ago, this then-kindergartner shared a lunch-time story with his mom: “Mommy, today at lunch I told my friends that they shouldn’t be drinking milk because that milk is for baby cows.” His mom almost choked on her food but later proudly told the world about her son’s proclamation. He had been listening—and understanding. Naveen loves to read books about protecting animals, and his new favorite one is Vegan Is Love by Ruby Roth. Naveen is always the first one in the family to ask, “Is this vegan?” before he pops a food item into his mouth.

Name: Asher
Age: 2
Hometown: North Las Vegas, Nevada
Description: Asher had lots of congestion and breathing problems his whole life. After a short time being vegan, he was all cleared up. It has been six months, and he is so much healthier and happier being a vegan boy!

Name: Caleb
Age: 3
Hometown: North Las Vegas, Nevada
Description: Caleb loves being vegan. If he sees animal products at the store, he says, “We don’t eat animals. Animals are our friends.” He loves tofu eggs, salad, and chocolate almond milk.

Name: Rowan
Age: 5
Hometown: San Diego, California
Description: Rowan is a very active, vegan-powered 5-year-old. He loves riding his scooter and being outside. He is super-smart and inquisitive, and he talks a lot! His favorite book is Benji Bean Sprout Doesn’t Eat Meat. One of his favorite foods is seaweed, and he eats it almost every day!
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Name: Oliver
Age: 14 months
Hometown: Redlands, California
Description: Before Oliver was born, we made a conscious decision to raise him vegan, after reading The China Study and watching Forks Over Knives. Now that he is almost 15 months old, we have seen the positive results of our decisions. Oliver wakes up every morning laughing and always has an infectious smile on his face. His teachers at daycare comment on how well he eats as we make him homemade purées with fruits, vegetables, and grains, while the other children munch on Pop-Tarts. We strongly believe that these early years of his life are crucial in that he gets the proper nutrition, and a vegan lifestyle is just the way to do it.

Name: Maxx
Age: 2
Hometown: Wall, New Jersey
Description: Maxx is a fun-loving and imaginative 2-year-old who loves to pretend that he’s Spiderman and Batman “saving the world.” He has been vegan his whole life. Maxx’s mother is vegan, and his parents decided that would be the healthiest lifestyle for him. Along with being healthy, Maxx’s parents want him to understand the importance of animals being our friends and that they should not be used or abused in any way. Maxx already understands that the food that he eats does not come from animals. Maxx tries to teach others about his vegan lifestyle by sharing his favorite vegan treats at play dates and parties. Even though Maxx is only 2, it is clear that he has a love for animals and will tell people, “I am vegan.”

Name: Tevyn
Age: 5 months
Hometown: West Lafayette, California
Description: Teyvn was vegan in the womb and continues to enjoy a diet of vegan mother’s milk. Although, recently, the apple that his mommy was eating looked so good that he decided he had to nom on it even though he doesn’t have any teeth yet. His favorite book is Mommy Loves, about how the mommies of all animals love their babies!

Name: Preston
Age: 2.5 months
Hometown: Northridge, California
Description: Preston is a very happy, healthy, and big vegan baby. He is an exceptionally lucky boy to begin his life in a compassionate vegan family. His mommy, daddy, grandma, grandpa, granny, granddad, and all his aunts, uncles and cousins are vegan, and some of them are also lifelong vegans. This makes Preston a third-generation vegan. He loves smiling and laughing, especially around his rescued vegan “brother” and “sister,” London and Cali (as you can see in the photo). He can’t wait to start learning about the world and how animals are our friends and is looking forward to his first animal rights demo.

Name: Caleb
Age: 11
Hometown: Maricopa, AZ
Description: Caleb is smart, funny, involved, and interested in our planet. He is one of a kind.

Name: August
Age: 9 months
Hometown: Northridge, California
Description: I am vegan and have passed my values down to my son, as he has been vegan since he was conceived, regardless of the many doctors who have tried to change his diet as a baby.

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