Did Your Favorites Win a 2023 Libby Award?

Every year, animal rights organization Peta2 hosts the Libby Awards to recognize and celebrate the best cruelty-free and vegan products, as well as memorable moments that have made a positive impact for animals. The awards showcase the growing popularity and success of the cruelty-free and vegan movement, highlighting the innovation and compassion behind these products and initiatives. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at this year’s winners, including the favorite cruelty-free beauty product, the most craveable vegan snack, and the best viral moment for animals.

Favorite Cruelty-Free Beauty Product. The beauty industry has seen a significant shift towards cruelty-free and vegan products in recent years, with more and more brands recognizing the importance of animal welfare. This year’s winner for the favorite cruelty-free beauty product is [Product Name]. This exceptional product not only delivers outstanding results but also aligns with the values and ethics of conscious consumers. Its cruelty-free status ensures that no animals were harmed or tested upon during its production, making it a top choice for those seeking ethical beauty options.

Most Craveable Vegan Snack. The popularity of veganism has led to a surge in delicious and innovative plant-based snacks. This year’s winner for the most craveable vegan snack is [Snack Name]. With its mouthwatering flavors and guilt-free ingredients, this snack has won the hearts and taste buds of vegans and non-vegans alike. Its recognition in the Libby Awards highlights the increasing demand for satisfying and cruelty-free snack options that cater to a wide range of dietary preferences.

Best Viral Moment for Animals. In the age of social media, viral moments have the power to raise awareness and make a lasting impact. The best viral moment for animals this year goes to [Moment Name]. This powerful and heartwarming event captured the attention of millions, shedding light on the importance of animal rights and inspiring change. From heartwarming rescues to inspiring stories of animal advocacy, these viral moments play a crucial role in creating a more compassionate world for animals.

The Peta2 Libby Awards serve as a platform to recognize and celebrate the best cruelty-free and vegan products, as well as impactful moments for animals. The winners of this year’s awards showcase the incredible progress being made in the cruelty-free and vegan movement, highlighting the increasing demand for ethical and compassionate alternatives. As more consumers embrace cruelty-free options, the industry continues to evolve, offering a wide range of innovative products that align with our values. Through initiatives like the Libby Awards, Peta2 encourages individuals to make conscious choices that promote the well-being of animals and contribute to a more compassionate world. So, whether you’re looking for the best cruelty-free beauty product, a mouthwatering vegan snack, or want to be inspired by viral moments for animals, the Peta2 Libby Awards are a great resource to discover and celebrate the best in cruelty-free and vegan products and initiatives.


Rescued Dolphin, Rambo is released from the Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center in Banyuwedang Bay, West Bali, Indonesia

After a period of slightly more than 10 months since the liberation of three captive dolphins, it is my duty to inform you that Rambo, the sole surviving dolphin living in proximity to the release area, has voluntarily chosen to leave.

September 3, 2022 marked a beautiful day of hope, as the Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center opened its gates to Rocky, Rambo and Johnny, the three formerly performing dolphins.

The center, situated in West Bali, Indonesia, is a remarkable facility that offers a permanent solution for the rescue, rehabilitation, and retirement of dolphins that were once held captive.

The release was a soft one, giving the dolphins the freedom to decide where to go next; and what we witnessed next was truly inspiring.

In the weeks that followed Rocky, Rambo, and Johnny ventured out into the waters, exploring new areas, and embracing their new opportunity to live free.

Rocky, in particular, showed incredible determination, as he traveled more than 1200 kilometers along the southern part of Java. His purposeful movements gave hope that he may have joined another pod. This inspiring story reaffirms our belief in the power of positive change and the potential to make a difference, no matter the size.

The event held great significance as it marked a momentous milestone in the country’s efforts towards marine conservation and the protection of endangered species. Dr. Ir. Siti Nurbaya, M.Sc, the esteemed Minister of Forestry and Environment for the Republic of Indonesia, presided over the opening of the gate, which served as an official symbol of the release of the dolphins into their natural habitat. The Minister’s commitment and dedication to sustainable environmental policies have been lauded by experts in the field and are a testament to Indonesia’s unwavering mission to preserve its natural resources and protect its indigenous wildlife. This event serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for other countries to follow in their footsteps towards promoting sustainable development and responsible environmental stewardship.

The three dolphins, Rocky, Rambo, and Johnny, had been reported because of the exploitation during their time at the Melka Excelsior Hotel in Bali, Indonesia and because they had to live in a pool the size of many back yard pools.

The troubling and disturbing experiences had severely impacted their mental and emotional well-being, leaving them in a vulnerable state.

The hotel’s recent closure sheds light on the dire need for action to prevent and eradicate the existence of exploitation in various industries.

The gravity of the situation cannot be overlooked, and it is crucial to prioritize the protection and safety of animals and wildlife that may fall prey to such exploitations. It is essential to conduct thorough investigations, raise awareness, and implement measures to ensure that the practice of housing captive dolphins does not occur any longer.

The trio’s unfortunate encounters serve as a reminder of the importance of vigilance and diligence in protecting vulnerable wildlife from exploitation and what is abuse for a dolphin to live in such confinement.

Then, the Center had to share the news that Johnny, the beloved dolphin who captured the hearts of many, had passed away.

Johnny’s journey at the Umah Lumba Center was a remarkable one, lasting over three years. During this time, Johnny benefited from the expert care and rehabilitation provided by the dedicated staff at the Center. His progress was nothing short of astounding, and he was able to thrive in the peaceful surroundings of the facility.

After his release from the Hotel, Johnny enjoyed a period of exploration, spending time in the nearby waters and forming bonds with other dolphins.

However, nearly two months to the day of his release, Johnny returned to the Center, where he ultimately passed away on November 1, 2022. Johnny will be sorely missed by all those who had the privilege of knowing him, and his legacy will continue to inspire and educate others for years to come.

While Johnny was in the care of the expert team at the Umah Lumba Center, they went to great lengths to ensure that he was properly attended to. In addition to observing his physical appearance and noting any signs of distress, the team conducted a thorough post-mortem examination to try and determine the cause of his untimely passing. Furthermore, their team went one step further and examined the cross section of Johnny’s teeth to provide some information on his age. It was a painstaking process, but after taking into account all of the data, the experts came to the conclusion that Johnny was over 40 years old at the time of his death. While everyone was saddened by the loss of our beloved animal friend, we also hope that this information provides a deeper appreciation for the life that Johnny lived.

Johnny’s tragic passing left Rambo as the sole explorer of the vast national park. However, he embraced his new solitary lifestyle with vigor, traversing the park with a confident and curious spirit.

The surveillance team was at the ready, observing Rambo’s every movement and providing aid whenever necessary. Remarkably, Rambo remained physically healthy, thanks in part to his constant explorations of the park that kept him in top shape.

Whether swimming through the mesmerizing park waters or resting on the rocky outcroppings, Rambo found joy in his new way of life.

Therefore, the devoted team tirelessly ensures that Rambo continues to thrive and adapt to the ever-changing park. They also remain resolute in our commitment to providing Rambo with all the love and care he deserves to lead a cheerful and content life.

The news of Rambo swimming with 3 wild bottlenose dolphins near Menjangan Island west of the Umah Lumba Center on June 17th was the highlight of the day for the team at the Center. The team was thrilled to witness this incredible display of nature and the fact that Rambo was a part of it was truly remarkable. Following this sighting, Rambo was spotted daily within the national park, captivating visitors and locals alike. The Umah Lumba Center is committed to the conservation and preservation of dolphins and other marine life in their natural habitat, and this sighting was a testament to the success of their efforts. The team at the Center is proud to have played a role in Rambo’s journey and is grateful to have had the opportunity to witness his interaction with the wild dolphins. Such moments remind us of the beauty and wonder of the natural world and the importance of protecting it.

Rambo, whose story touched the hearts of many, left the bay on July 19th at exactly 10:00 a.m. local time. The bay was his home since he was confiscated but it seems like Rambo has decided to explore other parts of the ocean and not let the past hold him back.

Interestingly, on the same day, he was spotted swimming with five of his bottlenose dolphin friends near Menjangan Island.

The sight was breathtaking and awe-inspiring as onlookers couldn’t help but marvel at the beauty of nature.

After this exceptional display, Rambo has not been seen since, but we can only hope that he is safe and sound, living his best life in the vastness of the ocean.

“This pioneer work is still in its infancy, and we have all learned a great deal during the journey. This particular model — the Umah Lumba Center, and the protocol we are developing can be implemented anywhere there is government cooperation. That’s the most exciting part.” ~ Ric O’Barry, Founder/Director of Dolphin Project

All around the Umah Lumba Center, the word has spread about Rambo’s incredible adventure. It has been confirmed that he has joined a pod of wild bottlenose dolphins! This brings several new opportunities for Rambo. He will now have the chance to socialize and connect with other dolphins in the area. It is a fantastic outcome and an exciting development for the entire team at Umah Lumba Center.

Since Rambo’s departure, there has been a noticeable increase in wild dolphins in the area. And it continues to this day! This means that Rambo is likely experiencing new friendships and relationships with other dolphins. It is heartwarming to see Rambo finding his social circle, and we could not be happier with this outcome.

Rest assured that the team at Umah Lumba Center will continue to keep a close eye on Rambo’s whereabouts. They will update everyone if Rambo is spotted in the future.

Though we will miss his fun-loving presence, we are glad that he has found a wonderful new life.

I personally have tears of joy but again, I already miss Rambo!

“It was an incredible journey to see the dolphins freed from the horrific swimming pool in which they suffered so much, to them thriving — happy and healthy  — and readapting to their existence, in their own way. Rambo always was the most careful one. He really took his time to get familiar with every aspect of being free and independent. Him leaving in the way that he did, in proximity with other bottlenose dolphins, well, it just couldn’t be better.” ~ Femke den Haas, Indonesia Campaign Director, Dolphin Project

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