T. Mills Snags peta2 Award

Rapper Beats Out Kid Ink, Ashley Argota, Steve Aoki to Land Title of 'Most Animal-Friendly Pop/Hip-Hop Artist'

For Immediate Release:
December 17, 2013

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Los Angeles – Rising rapper T. Mills has a huge heart for animals—and his efforts to encourage fans always to adopt and never buy dogs and cats has landed him the title of Most Animal-Friendly Pop/Hip-Hop Artist in the eighth annual Libby Awards from peta2, PETA’s youth division. “Libby” is short for “liberation”—as in animal liberation.

Mills has lived with animal companions his whole life and recently rescued a puppy named Fig Newton—and he wants everyone to know that adoption is always the way to go. As he stressed in a video interview with peta2, “[I]f you have the opportunity to adopt and save a life, I feel like it’s just a more humane thing to do.”

“More than ever, young people want to know that their favorite celebrities care as much about animals as they do—and T. Mills’ compassion for animals is as clear as the tattoos on his body,” says PETA Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns Marta Holmberg. “All of peta2’s nominees prove that today’s celebrities are glad to use their star power to speak up for animals.”

Also up for Mills’ award were Steve Aoki, Kid Ink, and Ashley Argota. Other Libby winners this year include U.K. metal band Architects, which took home the title of Most Animal-Friendly Band, and Chicago pop-punk band Real Friends, which was named peta2 Breakthrough Artist.

Twenty-six Libby Awards will be given out this year, recognizing everything from the best cruelty-free cosmetics company to peta2’s favorite animal-friendly celebrities. Winners were chosen by peta2 based on several factors, including vote count, and each winner will receive a personalized certificate and yearlong bragging rights.

For more information about the winners, please visit peta2.com/Libbys.

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