San Diego’s Southwest High School hosted its first-ever vegan food and fashion event to educate the youth about the cruelty-free lifestyle.
Members of the Youth Vegan Revolution, the high school’s animal rights club, worked with their teacher adviser to host the school’s very first vegan food and fashion fair.
The vegan event featured a 100% animal-free fashion show, a presentation by animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Manager of Fashion Campaigns Christina Sewell, and an information booth to inform the students about cruelty-free makeup.
The club members also gave out 500 nondairy ice cream sandwiches to the students, proving that vegans can still eat their favorite treats without the cruelty.
In addition, participants competed in a new district-wide competition to create the world’s biggest vegan sub.
“More people than ever are leaving animals off their plates and out of their wardrobes, and Generation Z is leading the charge,” said Sewell.
“PETA is eager to help these young people try some delicious vegan food, get the scoop on vegan fashion, and learn how the small choices that we make every day can make a world of difference for animals.”
The members of the Youth Vegan Revolution and their adviser were awarded with a Hero to Animals Award by PETA as they “went above and beyond for the animals.”
PETA is now encouraging other schools to join the animal rights organization’s Students United for Animal Rights program, which will pair the students with an adviser who can assist them in creating an animal rights club and making it successful.
The animal rights organization also promised to provide free action kits and literature and help the club in pro-vegan campaigns, animal-friendly classroom presentations, and vegan school projects and events.