Dove Cameron, Bella Thorne, and Others Nab peta2 Awards

The 13th Annual Libby Awards Honor Actors, Athletes, and Other Stars Who Push Animal Rights Ahead

For Immediate Release:
December 18, 2018

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los Angeles

From Olympians to YouTubers, more stars than ever are going vegan, speaking out against cruelty, and encouraging their fans to take action for animals—and peta2, PETA’s youth division, is recognizing some of the most influential forces for animal rights with its 13th annual Libby Awards. “Libby” is short for “liberation”—as in “animal liberation”—and this year’s winners include the following:

Disney Channel star Dove Cameron nabbed the award for Best Celeb Tweet for Animals by speaking out against bullfighting, writing, “[H]ow can people be so turned off to the pain of animals? [W]here is the compassion? [I] don’t understand how people can take pride in watching an animal be riled up, tortured, and then BRUTALLY MURDERED in front of a crowd.” The award for Best peta2 Collab went to Bella Thorne for her provocative anti-SeaWorld campaign, in which she expresses regret about appearing in a commercial for the abusement park as a child and calls on the company to retire the long-suffering orcas it holds captive to seaside sanctuaries. Mena Massoud, star of the upcoming live-action Aladdin, snagged the title of Brightest Vegan Star for Animals after launching Evolving Vegan, a website that shares recipes and highlights the country’s best vegan restaurants.

Other winners include Olympic gold medalist and world champion soccer star Alex Morgan—who earned the title of Best Athlete for Animals after starring in a pro-adoption PETA ad and tweeting about going vegan—and vegan musician Andy Biersack (aka “Andy Black“), who was named this year’s Best Voice for Animals for inviting peta2 along on Black Veil Brides’ U.S. tour to spread the animal rights message and sharing his vegan journey with fans on social media.

“Today’s hottest stars are speaking out against SeaWorld, empowering their fans to go vegan, promoting animal adoption, and more,” says peta2 Senior Director Marta Holmberg. “peta2 is recognizing Dove Cameron, Bella Thorne, Mena Massoud, and other celebrities who are making the world a better place for animals.”

peta2—whose motto is “Animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way”—also awarded Libbys to Del Taco, Beyond Meat, e.l.f., Pacifica, and Too Faced, among others. The full list of winners is available here.

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