Austin Aries in the Running for peta2 Award

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For Immediate Release:
December 5, 2014

Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – Five-time TNA X Division Champion—and vegan—Austin Aries is known for his success in the ring as well as his bold voice for animals. And now Aries—along with scores of businesses, musicians, athletes, and others—is up for a Libby Award from peta2, PETA’s youth division. Now in its ninth year, the Libby Awards (“Libby” is for “liberation,” as in animal liberation) includes a record 26 categories, and Aries may take home the award for Most Likely to Kick Butt for Animals. Visitors to can cast their votes to help peta2 decide whom it should choose as Libby Award winners and enter for a chance to win a giant Libby prize pack filled with goodies from last year’s winners, including a cookbook, personal-care products, and vegan treats.

“Choosing healthy, delicious vegan foods and encouraging others to do the same in his peta2 campaign is just one of the reasons why Austin Aries makes the grade in our eyes,” says PETA Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns Marta Holmberg. “All of peta2’s nominees are winners because they’re inspiring young people across the country to get active for animals every chance they get.”

Also nominated in Aries’ category are pro surfer Tia Blanco, Le’Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and UFC fighter Thiago Alves. Other Libby Award categories include Best Use of Internet Stardom for Animals, Best Vegan Makeover, and Best New Vegan Food Item. Voting ends on December 12 at 12 p.m. EST. Winners will be chosen by peta2—whose motto reads, “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way”—based on several factors, including vote count, and will be announced on December 16. See the full contest details here.

For more information and to cast your vote to help peta2 decide whom it should choose as Libby Award winners, please visit or click here.

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