Plainfield Teen Named Finalist For PETA Award

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PLAINFIELD — Plainfield resident Joel Mercado, 17, has been named one of four finalists for a Libby Award for Male Street Teamer of the Year by peta2, PETA’s youth division. The sixth annual Libby Awards (“Libby” is for “liberation”) honor animal-friendly people and products. Visitors to can vote for their favorites in each category, and peta2 will choose the winners.

“Joel is giving his classmates a valuable education about justice for others that they wouldn’t be getting otherwise,” says peta2 Division Manager Marta Holmberg. “Our impressive finalists prove that the real winners are the animals these students work so hard to protect.”

Mercado has organized a protest against McDonald’s and raised a buzz in his school over the millions of animals who suffer on factory farms every year by handing out stickers for his classmates’ cell phones, asking his classmates to sign petitions, and urging his school to offer veggie burgers in the cafeteria.

Twenty-nine Libby Awards will be given out this year, recognizing everything from the most vegan-friendly restaurant chain to the best cruelty-free cosmetics company to peta2’s favorite animal-friendly celebrity. Each winner will receive a framed certificate and be featured on

For more information about all the nominees, visit

Voting ends on December 23, and the winners will be announced on January 17. The winners will be chosen by peta2 based on equal consideration of three factors: the number of votes received, the quality of the animal-friendly product or the nominees’ enthusiasm for being animal-friendly, and feedback from the nominees’ fans.

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