Edison’s Boy Wins PETA Kids’ All-Star for Animals Honor

Although he is only 11 years old, Nirvaan Agarwal has spent more than a decade advocating for animals.

Since birth, the Edison boy has participated in protests, volunteered at animal shelters and, most recently, participated in speaking at Middlesex County Board of Commissioners meetings on the treatment of animals at Johnson Park Zoo.

And yet, Nirvaan was surprised when he received the highest honors of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Kids’ All-Star for Animals 2022.

“I’ve been an activist since I was a baby. My mum used to take me in a stroller to protest and even when I was 3 I was handing out flyers and flyers about animal cruelty,” Nirvaan said. “Even though I do a lot of activism, I saw other kids doing a lot too. So as soon as I saw what they were doing, I was shocked that I won over them all. “

Nominated by family friend and activist Michelle Granberg, Nirvaan jumps at every opportunity to help animals.

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Every weekend is dedicated to lending your voice to an animal-related cause – a protest against the meat industry, a rally for animal rights or a march against the cruel treatment of animals in the fur and fur industries. leather. He doesn’t hesitate to take a megaphone to fight for animals and share his message – no animal should be exploited for any reason. He chalks sidewalk advocacy messages and shares copies of PETA Kids with other kids.

Nirvaan, a sixth grader at John Adams Middle School, is committed to the cause. And it’s that dedication that made him this year’s PETA Kids winner. PETA Kids considered two factors in choosing the winner and runner-up: enthusiasm demonstrated for animal rights, as evidenced by responses to questions and interviews, and the total number of votes received by the nominee.

“Whether he’s attending vegan rallies or urging county leaders to help languishing animals in a roadside zoo, Nirvaan is setting a heroic example for young people everywhere,” said Marta Holmberg, director principal of PETA’s youth programs. “Animals have an ally in Nirvaan, and PETA Kids is thrilled to honor him for leading us all into a brighter future.”

After having succeeded educating Middlesex County Commissioners on animal rights and behavior − the animals were released into sanctuaries − Nirvaan said his next target was the fur industry. He also plans to continue to denounce circuses and slaughterhouses.

“I would like to stop the fur industry,” he said. “There are many brands that still sell fur items or ones that don’t make or sell a lot of fur but haven’t advertised that they’re fur-free.”

Nirvaan has also been vegan since birth, and his belief goes beyond family tradition. He is also a strong advocate for veganism. In the future, he plans to become a vegan chef. Her current favorite recipes involve experimenting with tofu scrambles and treats with the help of her mother.

“Being vegan is also good for your health,” Nirvaan said. “It’s better for you and there’s no cholesterol. Meat, dairy and eggs are full of cholesterol. And it’s also better for animals – no animal, be it a dog, a human, a pig or a cow – no, the animal wants to die.”

Guardian of three adopted cats, Nirvaan loves playing with them and building them cat castles.

As the winner, Nirvaan will receive a year’s supply of vegan cookies from San Diego-based Maya’s Cookies, a personalized megaphone, assorted merchandise from PETA Kids, and year-round bragging rights. , the organization said.

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