UFC middleweight contender and former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields has won the award for “Most Animal-Friendly Athlete” in the fifth annual Libby Awards (Libby = liberation) competition sponsored by peta2, the world’s largest youth animal rights organization.
Dan Shannon, Director for peta2, commented on why Shields deserved the award,
“Jake Shields is living proof that going vegetarian is a winning choice for your health as well as for animals. We’re pleased to honor him for knocking out animal abuse every time that he eats—and for encouraging others to do the same.”
Shields was up against other animal-friendly athletes for the award, including WNBA star Candace Parker, fellow MMA fighter KJ Noons, and NBA forward Amar’e Stoudemire. There were 28 different Libby categories, including Most Animal-Friendly Band, Favorite Animal-Friendly Celebrity, Most Vegan-Friendly Restaurant Chain and Best Animal-Friendly Clothing Company.
Listen below as Shields talks about the benefits of being vegetarian and how he enjoyed beating Jason “Mayhem” Miller who wore a fur coat to the press conference for their fight.
Learn more about Jake Shields at peta2.com.