Ten-year-old Nirvaan Agarwal has participated in county commissioner meetings to speak out in favour of animals housed at a roadside zoo, volunteered to aid animals in sanctuaries, and taken to the streets to demonstrate against the meat industry. The 2022 All-Star for Animals Contest sponsored by PETA Kids has now awarded him top accolades because of his tenacity and creativity.
Nirvaan, a vegan from birth, seizes every chance to aid animals, from presenting his message through a bullhorn during marches to condemning the brutal treatment of animals in the fur and leather industries, chalking animal rights messages into pavements, and giving PETA Kids comic books to his peers. After Hurricane Ida flooded the Johnson Park Zoo, he attended Middlesex County Board of Commissioners meetings and presented his own research about why the animals there should be relocated to respectable sanctuaries—and his efforts paid off for the red fox, raccoon, pythons, and other animals the county plans to house in new facilities. Nirvaan, the guardian of three adopted cats, enjoys making cat castles and aspires to be a vegan chef.
“Nirvaan is setting a heroic example for young people everywhere,” says PETA Senior Director of Youth Programs Marta Holmberg. “Whether he’s marching in vegan protests or pleading with county politicians to save animals, languishing in a roadside zoo.” Nirvaan is an ally for animals, and PETA Kids is honoured to recognise him for guiding us all toward a more compassionate future.
Nirvaan will also receive a personalized bullhorn, a selection of PETA Kids products, and a year’s worth of bragging rights in addition to a year’s worth of vegan cookies from San Diego-based Maya’s Cookies.
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