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August 2, 2023
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Norfolk, Va. – The outcomes are in for PETA Children’ 2023 All-Star for Animals Contest—and for the primary time within the contest’s historical past, two units of siblings have gained, for the grand prize and the second-place end.
High honors went to sister and brother Leilani Hefa, 10, and Daylan Hefa, 7, who’ve been raised vegan from start and seize each alternative to talk out in opposition to speciesism—the human-supremacist perception that different animals exist for our profit. The siblings from Hillsdale, New Jersey, have marched for animal rights in New York Metropolis, protested in opposition to Nike for utilizing leather-based, hosted their birthday events at animal sanctuaries, and inspired buddies and classmates to depart animals off their plates.
Hailing from Eastham, Massachusetts, runners-up Dani Chianciola, 12, and her 7-year-old sister, Lana, are each vegan, they usually’ve spent their lives advocating for animals to their family and friends members and even their household’s followers on social media. Dani—who wrote an article for PETA Children’ web site about why everybody ought to consider in animal rights—is especially enthusiastic about encouraging others to let animals hold their eggs, wool, feathers, and anything that belongs to them. Lana is particularly involved in regards to the plight of orcas held in captivity and talks to her buddies about avoiding marine parks and watching aquatic animals of their pure habitats as a substitute. Video of Dani and Lana collaborating on a poetry and artwork challenge about orcas is on the market right here.
“Whether or not they’re marching for animal rights, encouraging their classmates to decide on animal-friendly leisure, or creating pro-animal poetry and paintings, these 4 activists are setting a heroic instance for younger individuals in all places,” says PETA Senior Director of Youth Packages Marta Holmberg. “Animals have outstanding allies within the Hefa and Chianciola siblings, and PETA Children is delighted to honor them for main us all towards a kinder future.”
The 4 honorees will obtain scrumptious vegan cookies from San Diego–primarily based Maya’s Cookies plus customized megaphones and T-shirts from PETA Children. Their work in behalf of animals will likely be shared throughout the nation to assist encourage variety youngsters in all places, together with future All-Star for Animals contestants! See the total contest particulars right here.
PETA Children’ motto reads, partly, that “animals usually are not ours to abuse in any method.” For extra data, please go to PETAKids.com, take heed to The PETA Podcast, or observe the group on YouTube, Fb, or Instagram.