Tia Blanco Takes Home peta2 Award

Pro Surfer Named 'Most Likely to Kick Butt for Animals'

For Immediate Release:
December 17, 2014

Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382

San Diego – Pro surfer—and vegan—Tia Blanco is no stranger to taking home awards, as third-place winner at the International Surfing Association’s World Junior Surfing Championship and recipient of the Orange County Register‘s OC Rising Star of the Year award. This week, she’ll have one more title to add to her collection: Tia has been named Most Likely to Kick Butt for Animals in the ninth annual Libby Awards presented by peta2, PETA’s youth division. “Libby” is for “liberation”—as in animal liberation. Visitors to peta2.com cast votes to help peta2 decide whom it would choose as Libby Award winners. They also entered 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.

“Tia’s commitment to choosing vegan meals—and encouraging others to do the same—makes her a formidable ally for animals,” says PETA Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns Marta Holmberg. “All of peta2’s winners and nominees deserve a round of applause because they’re inspiring young people across the country to get active for animals every chance they get.”

Other Libby Award categories include Best Use of Internet Stardom for Animals, Best Vegan Cosmetics Product, and Best New Vegan Food Item. Winners were 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. See the full contest details here.

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