2013 Awards

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Animal Hero Kids Awards 2013



Kind to All Award – Thomas Ponce

Recognizes an individual or group under the age of 19, who have helped multiple species of animals–companion animals, farmed animals, or wildlife.


Russell Simmons Creative Animal Hero Kids Award
– Celia Ho

Recognizes an individual or group under the age of 19 who creates a song, dance, poem, speech, rap, video, or piece of art that inspires compassion towards other animals.


Kind 2 All Entrepreneur Award – Clara Polito

Recognizes an individual or group under the age of 19 who incorporates compassion in a business enterprise.


Kind 2 All Volunteer Award
– Feddes International Studies Cause for Paws School

Recognizes an individual or group under the age of 19 who is dedicated to helping animals by volunteering their free time at a shelter, sanctuary, or other animal care center.


Animal Hero Kids Whistleblower Award – Elle Morgan

Recognizes a child or youth under the age of 19 who sheds light and public awareness on animal cruelty.


Ricky Williams Animal Hero Teen Award
– Kids Against Animal Cruelty

Recognizes a teen who displays courage, determination, and the initiative to rescue an animal or animals in need.

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Honorable Mention Awards

Abbie’s School Photovoice Project in Culebra, Puerto Rico
Kaden Kambak
Daniel Hermosisima
Raven Hayut
Natalia P. Maisonet

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The Animal Hero Kids Awards are excited to announce the following 2013 awards to Animal Hero Adults who by their lifestyles, work, and advocacy serve as roles models for Animal Hero Kids in promoting kindness for all.

Animal Hero Compassionate Entrepreneur Award

Recognizes an individual whose business philosophy incorporates and demonstrates a commitment to compassion for all beings.

Russell Simmons


Russell Simmons is recognized for proving that remaining aware of the needs of other animals and society can coexist with extraordinary business success. His commitment to compassion has profoundly affected modern culture and his influence on future leaders to practice kindness to all will be felt for generations and generations to come.

School Hero to All Award

Recognizes a school official who has gone above and beyond to help people, animals, and the earth.

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Dr. John E. Deasey


Superintendent Deasy is recognized for his decision to implement the groundbreaking Meatless Monday program.
All Los Angeles Unified School District cafeterias are meatless in the 2nd largest school district in the U.S.
Other schools across the nation are following his innovative lead.

Eco Chef Award

Recognizes achievements in advancing compassionate and eco-conscious foods as part of a healthy diet for the planet.

Chef Tal Ronnen


Chef Ronnen is recognized for bringing cruelty-free, eco friendly fare to celebrities, the Los Angeles community, and to the world at large, through his restaurants and cookbooks. Chef Ronnen’s creative approach to making vegan foods appeal to all appetites is making a positive difference by bringing compassionate dining into the mainstream.

Kind to All Samaritan Award

Recognizes achievements in compassionate public advocacy and policymaking.

The West Hollywood City Council and Mayor Abbe Land


The West Hollywood City Council and Mayor Abbe Land are recognized for their political
platform of compassion for animals and support for humane initiatives such as banning
the sale of puppies from puppy mills and an anti-declawing ordinance in the city of West

Eco-Kind Author Award

Recognizes creative writing that engages, educates, and enlightens the world about the benefits of eco-conscious and compassionate living.

Author and Actress Alicia Silverstone


Alicia Silverstone is recognized for her renowned Kind Diet book which has changed minds and hearts about thoughtful and compassionate food choices.
Silverstone has also created an online community The Kind Life, where members can learn more about veganism,
vegetarianism, and environmental issues.

Mega Kind to All Award

Recognizes an individual whose tremendous generosity of spirit and kindness touches countless
lives and embodies the spirit of compassion.

Ellen DeGeneres


Ellen DeGeneres is honored for her vegan lifestyle, kind support of others experiencing
difficult circumstances–whether two-legged or four, and advocacy for compassion and
equality. Ellen continues to make a lasting, positive difference for humans, animals, and
the environment.

Animal Hero Kids Kind Lifetime Award

Recognizes an individual whose commitment to promoting kindness for all beings and caring for
the planet forges a legacy of compassion.

Paul McCartney


Paul McCartney is recognized for his unwavering advocacy for animals and enduring
commitment to kindness to all beings.

“Animal Hero Kids rock!
It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, the good news is you can help animals in need.”

– Sir Paul McCartney

“Congratulations to all of my fellow Animal Hero Kids Award winners,” McCartney said in an
issued statement. “Thank you to Russell Simmons for lending your name to the Creative Animal
Hero Kids award. Bravo to Los Angeles School Superintendent Dr. John Deasy, the School Hero
to All Award recipient, for making the decision to go meat free each Monday in every school
cafeteria in the second largest school district in the United States. Dr. Deasy, it is thanks to you
that other school districts are jumping on board now to help animals, the environment and
human health every Monday. Animal Hero Kids rock! It doesn’t matter how young or old you
are, the good news is you can help animals in need.”
—Sir Paul McCartney, November 5, 2013.

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