More musicians, actors, and social media influencers than ever are sticking up for animals by going vegan, speaking out against cruelty, and more — and peta2, PETA's youth division, is recognizing these bold forces for animal rights with its 12th Annual Libby Awards.
“Libby” is short for “liberation” — as in animal liberation.
This year’s winners include two repeat champions: Miley Cyrus, who nabbed the title of Best Voice for Animals for the second year in a row, thanks to her tireless promotion of vegan eating and animal issues on social media, and Blink-182, the two-time winner of Most Animal-Friendly Band, thanks in part to drummer Travis Barker’s peta2 ad. They’re joined by Miley’s sister Noah Cyrus, who snagged the Best peta2 Ad award for her anti-SeaWorld campaign, and Shameless actor Emma Kenney, who earned the Brightest Star for Animals award after her anti-breeder rant was a huge hit.
“From encouraging fans to go vegan to reminding everyone to stay away from SeaWorld, today’s hottest stars are empowering young people to make kind choices,” says peta2 Senior Director Marta Holmberg. “peta2 is recognizing Miley and Noah Cyrus, blink-182, Emma Kenney, and other celebrities who are using their star power to help animals.”
peta2 — whose motto is “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way” — also awarded Libbys to, among others, Kat Von D Beauty (Best Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Company) and goodDYEyoung (Best Vegan Hair Dye), created by Paramore's Hayley Williams. The full list of winners is available here.