Peta2 is bestowing awards including Most Animal-Friendly Pop/Hip-Hop Artist to celebs for their support of animal rights.
By Jocelyn Vena
<P>PETA’s youth division, peta2, is giving props to celebs like <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/bieber_justin/artist.jhtml”>Justin Bieber</a>, <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/kesha_/artist.jhtml”>Ke$ ha</a> and “Glee” star Lea Michele at this year’s <a href=”http://features.peta2.com/libby-awards-2011/?utm_campaign=1211%20Libbys%20Nominees%20Press%20Pitches&utm_source=peta2%20Pitch&utm_medium=Media#PeopleAndMusic” target=”_blank”>Libby Awards</a> for their efforts in support of animal rights. </P><P> </P><P>The Biebs, who appeared in a <a href=”/news/articles/1656302/justin-bieber-peta-ad.jhtml”>campaign</a> for the organization at the top of the year using Bieber-fied catch-phrases like “My world includes passion for animals, yours should too” and “Animals can make u smile. Adopt from your local shelter,” is taking on fellow animal-loving pop star Ke$ ha and rappers k-os and Waka Flocka Flame in the Most Animal-Friendly Pop/Hip-Hop Artist category. Ke$ ha appeared in an ad campaigning against the slaughter of Canadian seals. </P><P> </P><P>Michele, who speaks out against the mistreatment of carriage horses in New York City, faces off against “Jackass” star Steve-O, Cobra Starship’s leading man and peta2’s Sexiest Vegetarian Gabe Saporta, and “Victorious” star Daniella Monet in the Top Animal-Friendly Celebrity category. </P><P> </P><P>The Ready Set, Tokio Hotel, Hellogoodbye and the Swellers are all up for Most Animal-Friendly Band. Ke$ ha and Tokio are also up for Best peta2 ad along with Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness and Yelle. </P><P> </P><P>The Libby (as in “Liberation”) Awards will be decided on January 17 by fan votes as well as peta2. Voting ends December 23. </P><P> </P><P>”Our nominees have all worked hard to shine their spotlights on a variety of important animal issues,” peta2 Division Manager Marta Holmberg said about the nominees, which honors animal-friendly people and products. “As our accomplished stars demonstrate, compassion isn’t just a virtue — it’s also a road to success.”</p>