T. Mills, Kid Ink, and Steve Aoki in the Running for peta2 Award

Hip-Hop 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 – Now 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, whose categories include the Most Animal-Friendly Pop/Hip-Hop Artist. “Libby” is for “liberation”—as in animal liberation.

This year’s hip-hop nominees include T. Mills, who has lived with a household full of animal companions his whole life and recently rescued his latest addition—a puppy named Fig Newton; Kid Ink, who teamed up with peta2 earlier this year to speak out against the cruel fur industry, saying, “I could never think of my dog getting skinned or anything happening to him”; and Steve Aoki, the anti-fur crusader peta2’s tour crew hit the road with this year.

“Animal rights is one of the fastest-growing social movements in America and worldwide, 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, please visit peta2.com/Libbys.

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