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Star Street Teamer: Nick Abell

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Posted January 20, 2011 by Christina

You’ve gotta love Nick Abell. Fur protests? Nick’s been there. McCruelty & KFC protests? Nick’s organized them. Police and TV crews? Nick’s not afraid (he follows the rules). This super-dedicated Street Teamer’s enthusiasm is contagious—don’t worry, you don’t need your swine flu mask for this fever!

We think Nick’s awesome, so we’re giving him our Star Street Teamer Award! In addition to you getting to read all about him, Nick will get a framed certificate acknowledging his hard work for those who don’t have a voice. Nick took a few minutes out of his busy schedule as full-time activist and high school student to do a short Q&A for us. Check out what he’s got to say:

What made you want to go vegetarian?

When I was on vacation in Park City, Utah, I saw a bunch of PETA protesters protesting a fur store. I had never heard of “PETA” and thought it was weird to be protesting something as “cool” as fur. They handed me a leaflet, and later read it when I was bored. I was horrified. I had NO IDEA the amount of cruelty that went into fur. I was interested in this “PETA” and I went to their website. I watched all the videos of KFC and McDonald’s cruelty and found that I could not eat meat any longer.

What’s your favorite vegan food?

My favorite vegan food is the veggie burgers and the “chili” fries from “Green” vegan restaurant :)

Which animal rights issues are you most passionate about?

Can I say all of them? Haha. If I had to choose one, I would choose the food industry. They were the very first thing that actually made me go veggie, and it just disgusts me by the amount of cruelty that goes into food. I am very passionate about spreading the truth, because the truth was the very thing that opened my eyes.

 

What made you want to do a protest against McCruelty?

The horrible undercover videos made me do a protest against McCruelty! I love when I have a chance to tell someone the truth about their “McMeal” and they tell me they are going to join my side and boycott them!

What did you do to prepare for your protest?

To prepare for the protest, my best friend and I both made some extra signs, just in case, we made a chicken mask, borrowed a megaphone, made/ordered some McCruelty shirts, and got people to say they were going!

What’s the strangest thing that you’ve seen happen at a protest?

The strangest thing I have ever seen happen at a protest was at the last one. All of the employees came outside screaming profanity at us telling us to “get off “their” f****** property!”…  we were on the public side walk, and I calmly told them so. They called the police, and the officer showed up and asked me why I was there, he agreed with our message and told me he was never going to McDonalds again! Guess that backfired!

Do you have any tips for other Street Teamers who want to get active?

JUST DO IT! I used to make excuses saying “I had no time”… and “Others will do it for me” but the fact was, no one was and I did have time. I decided that I was going to do my very first protest, at KFC, and it went wonderfully!

Getting an award for helping animals sounds pretty sweet, right? Join the peta2 Street Team, get active, and getcho’self recognized—ya herd!

–Christina

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  • 1639 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    green=best restraunt in the world

  • 1644 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Impressive. His Smart, dedicated, courageous. Not to mention extremely cute =]
    Nick Rocks!

  • 1645 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i am with you.

  • 1645 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Awesome Nick! True inspiration right there. For all animals! Thanks for all that you did, speaking up for the animals and people like us who support you.

  • 1645 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    hey Nick, awesome! Hope you know you’re probably the coolest guy in your school. You definitely sound like a leader and someone who is going to inspire others around you to speak up for animals. You’re one in a million! xox

  • 1645 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    What an inspiring guy. Good job Nick :)

  • 1645 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Nick is certainly doing a good job by standing up for abused animals the way he does. A well known person like him is able to call more attention on that matter. Congratulations to him from Brazil!!

  • 1647 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Hooray for Nick!

  • 1650 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Nick Rules!!!! Nice job Nick! I think it is awesome that you are being recognized for standing up for what you believe in. Most people do not have the courage to do that, I am proud to see that you do!

  • 1651 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    awh, that awsome (:

  • 1651 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Heck yeah! :) That’s my best frann, he is amazing! He opened my eyes to everything that goes on in the food industry and he is the reason I am vegetarian now (hopefully vegan someday)! He defiantly deserved this award :) Love you Nick <3

  • 1651 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Great story about the police officer! Keep up the good work Nick!

  • 1651 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Hey! Thats me 😉 hahaha. Thank you so much peta2!! i love you, and I love speaking out for animals!

    • 1493 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      You’re awesome! (:
      Keep on doing what your doing, We all <3 you!

      • 1393 days ago

        VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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        it’s true – we do!!! congrats bro!!! 😉

  • 1652 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    congrats nick (:

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