Pure Inspiration: Meet the Heroes of the Year
In case you have been living under a rock and missed the news, you can now cast your votes for the 2013 Libby Awards to help us decide who we should choose as the winners! “What are the Libbys?” you ask. The Libby Awards honor animal-friendly companies, cruelty-free products, and brave people, including our inspiring Star Street Teamers! Oh, and in case you were wondering, “Libby” is short for “liberation”—as in animal liberation.
You might’ve heard of these Street Teamers before since they’ve been kicking butt for animals this year, but in case you forgot about their awesomeness, here’s a reminder:
Paty is the president of the animal rights group at her high school, King Drew Animal Rights Club. Along with organizing tablings and attending protests, Paty and her group spoke up for the more than 10 million animals who are used for classroom dissection each year and got the school to offer dissection alternatives! How freaking mind-blowing is that?
Devin, a current peta2 Youth Advisory Board member who helps run his school’s animal rights group, decided to do something about the fact that the lunch menu didn’t offer much for vegans and vegetarians beyond a boring salad bar and some fries. Devin gathered signatures from his classmates and teachers and met with his school’s administration to chat about making veggie burgers a daily option at lunchtime—and it worked! WOO!
Suzeii started her own animal rights group at Capital University in Ohio (which is still going strong!) before moving to the University of Texas–Pan American in Texas and immediately starting another group. I think it’s safe to say that she’s the master of starting animal rights groups and making them hugely successful. Suzeii has organized several McCruelty and Ringling protests as well as super-fun events such as “Hug a Vegan” Day on campus. She also hosted the peta2 Glass Walls exhibit!
If you visit the University of Rochester campus and happen to pick up on the buzz among hundreds of students about the health, environmental, and animal-related benefits of going vegan, it won’t be long before you hear the name Simone Arnold! Simone runs the animal rights group on campus and organizes month-long vegetarian challenges encouraging people to stop eating animals—last year’s challenge involved nearly 200 students!