Like most kids she loved chicken nuggets, and as a 3-year-old she ate them almost daily until her mom told her something about her favorite food that horrified her.

“I always loved animals but then I started wondering about where my food came from and when she told me how we had to kill animals for it, I never wanted to eat it again,” said the now 13-year-old Long Beach resident.

Not only did she never touch a chicken nugget again, that day 10 years ago lead her to a path of activism that’s included raising money and giving speeches in front of crowds in support of animal rights.

And the crusade that started when she took her last bite of chicken eventually led her to Marvel’s new Disney + show “Marvel’s Hero Project,” which begins streaming Feb. 21.

Animal rights and vegan activist Genesis Butler, 13, shown at the Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach on Thursday, February 13, 2020, wears the Marvel jacket she was given for being be part of Marvel’s Hero Project. Along with the jacket Marvel presented Genesis with her very own comic book starring herself as the Super Hero. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

“I love all animals. I think they should all be treated equally. Sometimes the connection gets a little bit lost with dogs, and then pigs, or chickens and cows, but they’re all the same,” said the shy, soft-spoken 8th grader who lights up as soon as she starts talking about her life’s passion; being a fierce advocate for animals by raising funds to help animal sanctuaries, volunteering and speaking out on their behalf and about veganism.

This is an excerpt of “This 13-year-old superhero from Long Beach is on Disney+’s new ‘Marvel’s Hero Project’” article by Richard Guzman written for PRESS-TELEGRAM News. For full article please click here.

Richard Guzman Bio:

Richard Guzman writes about music and pop culture. He has previously written for the El Paso Times, The Desert Sun in Palm Springs and was City Editor at Los Angeles Downtown News. He graduated from Cal State Northridge with a Bachelor in Journalism.

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