The Summer Set, Hellogoodbye in the Running for peta2 Award

Artists' Commitment to Helping Animals Is Music to Young People's Ears

For Immediate Release:
November 22, 2013

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Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – More than ever, young people are clamoring to support actors and musicians who speak out against cruelty to animals—and the number of animal-friendly celebrities is higher than ever. That’s why peta2, PETA’s youth division, has nominated a slew of celebrities for the eighth annual Libby Awards, with categories such as the Most Animal-Friendly Celebrity, Best peta2 Ad, and Most Animal-Friendly Band. “Libby” is for “liberation”—as in animal liberation.

This year’s music nominees include The Summer Set, whose peta2 campaign urges fans to “have a heart for animals” by always reporting animal abuse. The Arizona pop crew faces tough competition from Forrest Kline of Hellogoodbye, who helped kick off peta2’s “The First Step” campaign urging young people to ditch leather shoes and accessories, and from Memphis May Fire’s Matty Mullins, whose peta2 ad encourages everyone to adopt—and never buy—dogs and cats. Other nominees include Fall Out Boy drummer Andy Hurley, up for Most Animal-Friendly Celebrity, and AFI, who could take home the title of Most Animal-Friendly Band.

“Animal rights is one of the fastest-growing social movements in America and elsewhere, and the young people who are leading the charge want to know that their favorite celebrities share their values,” says PETA Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns Marta Holmberg. “All of peta2’s animal-friendly nominees are winners because they’re inspiring kids to stand up for what they believe in.”

There are a total of 26 categories this year, and voting ends on December 13. Winners will be chosen by peta2 based on several factors, including vote count, and will be announced on December 17. Each winner will receive a personalized certificate. See the full contest details here.

For more information and to cast your vote to help peta2 decide whom it should choose as the winners, please visit peta2.com/Libbys.

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