Priszm Income Fund

Company of the Year: Priszm Income Fund

Priszm Income Fund, which operates most Canadian KFCs and works with the company that coordinates purchasing for all Canadian KFCs, UPGC, stands out from its competitors for the progressive animal welfare policies it recently adopted. Thanks to PETA's negotiations, all chickens used by KFCs in Canada will come from suppliers that use the least cruel slaughter method available (via a phase-in plan). In addition, together with UPGC, Priszm will encourage companies that supply chickens to Canadian KFCs to move away from cruel factory-farm methods and will form an animal welfare advisory council. And the best news for hungry Canucks: Most KFCs in Canada have now added vegan faux-chicken sandwiches to their menus!

PETA has scored this major victory to end our KFC boycott in Canada but will continue to boycott KFC restaurants in other countries—including the U.S.—until they agree to make the same changes that have been made in Canada.

Alt Fiber: 25 Projects for Knitting Green With Bamboo, Soy, Hemp, and More

Most Animal-Friendly Craft Book: Alt Fiber: 25 Projects for Knitting Green With Bamboo, Soy, Hemp, and More by Shannon Okey

What do you get when you cross a love of animals with a love of knitting? You get Shannon Okey's new cruelty-free craft book! Packed with fun and unique knitting projects suitable for newbie knitters and pro purlers alike, Alt Fiber focuses on alternative animal- and eco-friendly fibers, including seaweed, hemp, and soy-based yarn (a tofu byproduct). Tailor-made for people who want to knit but don't want to hurt sheep, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in joining the cruelty-free craft community.

Animal Makers

Most Animal-Friendly Production Studio: Animal Makers

Using animatronics and hand-crafted models to bring fantastic characters to life, Animal Makers has been providing lifelike alternatives to live animals in film, TV, and advertising for the past 25 years. In fact, Animal Makers just released a new state-of-the-art gorilla suit named Brutus. The use of Brutus will save great apes from the routine abuses that they endure in order to be used for entertainment. As compassionate as they are innovative, these industry aces are in high demand because they know that real animals have no business in show business. That's why they refuse to lend their expertise to projects that involve cruelty to animals. From the capuchin monkey in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies to the bellicose Budweiser frogs, the artists at Animal Makers are dedicated to creating television, ad, and movie magic without making real animals suffer.

Fable 2, Microsoft Game Studios

Most Animal-Friendly Video Game: Fable 2, Microsoft Game Studios

Created by Microsoft Game Studios, Fable 2 is a vegetarian's dream come true. Why? In this virtual fight between good and evil, characters powered by tofu are just as powerful as their meat-eating counterparts—and are more fit and attractive to boot. Featuring a strong pro-vegetarian theme, eating a plant-based diet helps you rack up "purity" points, whereas eating meat makes your character fat and evil. A fun and innovative game, it's also an effective tool that teaches gamers the real-life benefits of a vegetarian diet.

Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness by Kathy Freston

Best New Self-Help Book: Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness by Kathy Freston

In her new book Quantum Wellness, vegan author Kathy Freston shares the advantages of a plant-based diet from ethical, dietary, and environmental perspectives and stresses why conscious eating is essential to one's health. To assist even the most die-hard carnivore in making the transition, her book includes 45 vegetarian recipes, two weeks of meal plans, a general shopping list, and an appendix of beneficial vitamins and minerals. Whether you want to lose weight, gain energy, or prevent illnesses such as heart disease, Kathy's easy recipes will help you get started. And did we mention that this book is so inspirational and helpful that after Kathy appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah decided to try Kathy's three-week vegan "cleanse"?

Merle's Door: Lessons From a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote

Best Animal-Themed Book: Merle's Door: Lessons From a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote

New York Times bestseller Merle's Door is the story of how two creatures—a man and a dog—learn to adapt to one another's needs and forge a loving, equal partnership based on mutual understanding. Chronicling his relationship with his dog, Merle, author Ted Kerasote shares his sense of what Merle's thoughts are. Kerasote is aware that Merle is a unique individual with an independent understanding of the world and his role in it. An expert at conveying the language of dogs, Kerasote uses his own experiences with Merle as well as scientific data to explore how humans and dogs bond and communicate with one other. A remarkable and moving story, Merle's Door gives readers a glimpse into the canine consciousness and shows us how dogs thrive when they are allowed to be themselves.

Most Animal-Friendly Celebrity Blog:

Keeping folks on top of what's happening on the "green" scene, is the source for the latest-breaking eco- and animal-friendly celebrity news. In addition to blogging about environmentally conscious celebrities such as Ellen Degeneres, Davey Havok, and Hayden Panettiere, has an entire category dedicated to animals. The site routinely takes on a host of animal rights topics, including vegetarianism, fur, circuses, animals in entertainment, and our favorite subject: PETA!

Marley and Me

Most Animal-Friendly Movie: Marley and Me

Adapted from John Grogan's novel, we give Marley and Me—a fresh, funny, and touching film about the joys of sharing your life with a furry friend—two enthusiastic paws up. Driven by a tremendous performance by Owen Wilson, whose character loves his dog through thick and thin and stays by his side until the very end, Marley and Me not only celebrates the loving and loyal bond between humans and dogs but also explores how having companion animals enriches our lives. With so much cruelty and neglect of companion animals in this world, Marley and Me is a true testament to the importance of treating our companion animals like family from the day we adopt them to the day we say goodbye.


Best Cruelty-Free Spa Products: Aveda

Already a 2004 Proggy winner for its luxurious line of animal-friendly shampoos, conditioners, and cleansers, Aveda is now taking top honors for its cruelty-free collection of spa products and spa procedures, including facials, body scrubs, wraps, and polishes. Combining "high-tech plant technology with a high-touch service to maximize the benefits," Aveda's awesome Green Science™ Skin Renewing Treatment is perfect for perfecting pores and erasing fine lines. Those in need of a vacation should opt for The Caribbean Therapy™ Body Treatment. An "island-inspired experience" that starts with a seaweed wrap and ends with a full-body massage, this tropical therapy is just one of the many treatments designed to refresh and rejuvenate your skin and your spirits.

AVON | Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

Most Innovative Health Charity: Avon and Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

The Avon Foundation and the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation launched a groundbreaking initiative, the Love/Avon Army of Women which seeks to empower healthy women to partner with breast cancer researchers to look for the causes of breast cancer and work to prevent it. Breast cancer research currently relies heavily on animal testing and laboratory studies, but the Army of Women acknowledges that "what we learn from animals doesn't always translate into how cancer develops in women." Instead, it would like to shift the focus from cruel, archaic, and unreliable animal tests (which waste time, money, and lives) to human studies involving healthy women and an emphasis on prevention. This initiative offers a singular new opportunity—a simple but revolutionary call to action for one million healthy women of all ages and ethnicities. Thanks to this alliance, women can join the "Army" and take part in research to help scientists understand the causes of breast cancer—and find ways to end it once and for all.

EcoTools™: Earth-Friendly Beauty

Best Cruelty-Free Makeup Brushes: EcoTools™: Earth-Friendly Beauty

Did you know the bristles in your makeup brush may have belonged to a squirrel, mink, sable, horse, or goat? EcoTools does. That's why this cruelty-free company makes its brushes from soft and pliable taklon bristles instead. With handles made from bamboo and recycled aluminum cans, EcoTools' line of high-quality, low-cost synthetic brushes are as Earth-friendly as they are animal-friendly. Easy on animals, the environment, your complexion, and your wallet, EcoTools brushes are also easy to find at many mainstream retailers, including Walgreens, Kmart, or Ulta.

e.l.f. Cosmetics

Best Cruelty-Free Cosmetics: e.l.f. Cosmetics

When we heard that Kmart and Target were selling cruelty-free cosmetics for a buck each, we couldn't believe it. But it's not a fairytale—e.l.f. Cosmetics really does exist! Operating on the principle that "[e]very woman should have the opportunity to participate in innovation without sacrificing her budget," e.l.f. has loads of must-have mascaras, lip glosses, blushes, bronzers, brushes, and much more. We can't help but be extra-partial to e.l.f.'s "PETA" tweezers. Emblazoned with the slogan "Fur Free," these tweezers come in a case that sports PETA's cruelty-free bunny logo and reads, "e.l.f. Professional Supports PETA in the Fur-Free Campaign:" Pretty cool, huh? What's even cooler is the fact that 50 percent of the proceeds earned from sales of these tweezers goes right back to PETA!

Ocean Potion

Best Cruelty-Free Sunscreen: Ocean Potion

Bunnies shouldn't get burned so you can have a tan! Some personal-care product companies are still living in the dark ages. They needlessly pump their products into animals' stomachs, rub them onto animals' raw, shaved skin, squirt them into animals' eyes, or force animals to inhale them. Then there are cruelty-free companies like Ocean Potion. Easy to find at most mainstream stores such as Food Lion, Rite Aid, and Wal-Mart, Ocean Potion has all the sunscreen, tanning lotions, and after-sun care products you need to get that sun-kissed look without getting sun damage. Made with all the healthful ingredients you want, such as plant botanicals and Parsol 1789—and none that you don't want, such as PABA and animal-derived elements—Ocean Potion is definitely the way to glow.

Jack Black LLC

Best Cruelty-Free Men's Personal-Care Products: Jack Black LLC

Offering the very best in men's grooming products, Jack Black's line of shaving and skin-care items is guaranteed to banish beard stubble and leave skin feeling and looking great. On top of that, nothing Jack Black sells is made from or tested on animals—which says a lot, considering that most of the shaving brushes on the market today are created using badger hair. A true pioneer, Jack Black LLC recently introduced its Pure Performance Shave Brush, a first-of-its-kind synthetic badger-hair brush that offers exceptional performance without harming animals. "[W]e do not want to contribute to the suffering of animals in any way," says Emily Dalton, one of the women behind Jack Black. "Our new cruelty-free shave brush took years to develop, but we feel we have created a product that actually performs better than a traditional badger-hair brush. ... Hopefully, this product will inspire other companies to follow our lead ...."

Boston Baked Bonz

Best Dog Treat Company: Boston Baked Bonz

Dogs all over the U.S. are giving two paws up to Boston Baked Bonz vegan dog treats. A company dedicated to dogs and the people who love them, Boston Baked Bonz treats are handmade with organic whole grains, fruit, and spices. Baked daily and delivered right to your door, this delicious and nutritious selection of cookies, "crunchies," and muffins will have Fido begging for more! Boston Baked Bonz is a member of the PETA Business Friends program. Its treats are available through the PETA Mall, and a portion of the proceeds will go toward helping our less fortunate furry friends.


Most Progressive Animal Toy: Ganz-Webkinz

Forget "Tickle Me Elmo"—Webkinz stuffed animals come to life! Combining real toys with technology, Webkinz plush animals come with a secret code that allows kids to log onto a Web site to "adopt" and care for a virtual version of their cute dog or koala. Each animal has happiness, health, and hunger meters that kids can regulate by playing, exercising, and feeding their furry friends daily. They can also play games, chat with one another, and amass "kinzcash" to buy virtual products for their animals. What's the best thing about computerized animal companions? They won't be sentenced to solitary confinement in the back yard or death row in an animal shelter when their novelty wears off.

Follow Your Heart

Best New Dairy Alternatives: Follow Your Heart

Who can resist a baked potato loaded with sour cream, or a bagel slathered with cream cheese? We sure can't, that's why we're thanking our lucky stars and stocking our refrigerators full of Follow Your Heart brand dairy-free sour cream and cream cheese! Perfect for those who are lactose-intolerant, vegan, or health conscious and concerned about studies linking dairy products to osteoporosis and other health problems, Follow Your Heart's line of creamy imposters are 100 percent animal-free, 100 percent yummy, and available at a store near you! And the deliciousness doesn't stop at sour cream. Other moo-free must-haves from Follow Your Heart include Vegenaise, Chicken Free Chicken, and Vegan Gourmet faux cheeses.

Great Chefs Cook Vegan by Linda Long

Best Vegan Cookbook (tie): Great Chefs Cook Vegan by Linda Long

Charlie Trotter, Daniel Boulud, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Suzanne Goin—these are just a few of the contributors to the exciting new cookbook Great Chefs Cook Vegan by Linda Long. And the word "great" in the title is by no means an exaggeration. The book is filled with recipes for three- and four-course meals designed by an impressive group of A-list chefs who have kindly omitted the animal products that they usually include in order to create 100 percent vegan dishes. Focused on high-end cuisine, selections such as Zucchini Boxes Provençal, Grilled King Oyster Mushrooms, and Avocado Carpaccio With Charred Jalapeño Oil and Caramelized Silken Tofu "Brûlée" will have cruelty-free foodies begging for seconds.

Skinny Bitch in the Kitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin

Best Vegan Cookbook (tie): Skinny Bitch in the Kitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin

Number six on the New York Times bestseller list, Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, brought to you by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin (the plucky pair behind the super-popular Skinny Bitch),offers "vegan recipes for every craving—desserts, 'bitchin' breakfasts,' and 'PMS (Pissy Mood Snacks).'" According to the front cover, the book is filled with "kick-ass recipes for hungry girls who want to stop cooking crap (and start looking hot!)." What else is there to say?

Harris Teeter

Most Improved Grocery Chain: Harris Teeter

Grocery chain Harris Teeter, which has 176 locations across the country, is now the industry leader on animal welfare, thanks to its groundbreaking new animal welfare policy. Following discussions with PETA, the Charlotte, North Carolina–based chain announced plans to improve conditions for some of the animals in its supply chain. The company will purchase more chickens and turkeys from suppliers that use a less cruel slaughter method and purchase more eggs from suppliers that don't cram hens into cages. It also agreed to phase in the purchase of pig meat from suppliers that don't use gestation crates (restrictive metal enclosures that confine pregnant pigs).

While PETA wishes that every shopper would stick to the great vegan items offered by Harris Teeter—for the sake of their health, the planet, and animals—Harris Teeter should be commended for raising the bar on animal welfare.

Trader Joe's

Best New Faux-Meat Products: Trader Joe's

There are many things that Trader Joe's grocery store is known for: employees clad in Hawaiian shirts, low prices, and a great selection of vegetarian products, to name a few. Now, there's something else that this unique chain—which boasts over 280 locations in more than 23 states—can brag about: the best new mock meats on the market! Made from a delicious combination of soy, whole grains, and vegetables, Trader Joe's brand beefless and chickenless fajita strips are packed with nutrients and flavor and are 100 percent vegan and cholesterol-free. Healthy, humane, and hearty enough to fool even the most hard-core carnivores, Trader Joe's mouthwatering mock meats are stellar in a stir-fry.

Vegan Treats

Best Vegan Bakery: Vegan Treats

Described in Time Out New York as a source of "baked goods that will satisfy the cravings of die-hard dairy fanatics and night-crawling sugar fiends alike," Vegan Treats is the bomb. Take just one bite of their famous Peanut Butter Bomb cake and you'll see what we mean—not that you can really go wrong with any of the tasty treats this Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, bakery has to offer. When you're choosing between mind-blowing vegan options such as a doughnut filled with Oreo crème, a strawberry shortcake coated with a chocolate shell, a caramel-nut brownie, and the elaborately decorated miniature cheesecakes, there really is no such thing as a wrong decision. So skip dinner and go right for dessert!

The VegiTerranean

Best New Vegetarian Restaurant: The VegiTerranean

An Akron, Ohio-based eatery and bar owned by Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, The VegiTerranean rocks! Reflecting Hynde's commitment to animal advocacy and vegan living, The VegiTerranean's deliciously indulgent gourmet menu is 100 percent cruelty-free. From pizzas piled high with tofu ricotta and grilled artichokes to gourmet entrées such as Penne Putenesca and Gardein Chicken Piccatta, The VegiTerranean is all about delicious vegan fare with a modern Italian flair. Ready for even more good news? Chrissie wants to open a VegiTerranean in the Freedom Tower at Ground Zero in New York City. Says the rocking restaurateur, "There's been so much horrific blood and guts and violence there that it'd be fitting to open a cool restaurant where no mangled, burnt bodies are on the menu." We couldn't have said it better ourselves.

Moe's Southwest Grill

Most Vegetarian-Friendly Mexican Food Chain: Moe's Southwest Grill

"Welcome to Moe's!" The people at Moe's are so friendly that you just know they're going to have lots of great vegetarian options! With an ambiance that says "hip" and a menu that's centered on fresh burritos, tacos, fajitas, and quesadillas, the options abound. The beans (your choice of black or pinto) and the rice (your choice of Spanish or brown) are vegan, as are the guacamole, tortillas, and taco shells. You can choose from savory grilled tofu and two kinds of grilled vegetables—cooked separately from unmentionable dead stuff—and there is a full salsa bar to add some kick. Speaking of kicks (and bars), Moe's also serves frozen margaritas! As the perfect accompaniment to your fast, cheap, and flavorful vegan meal, Moe's tortilla chips are homemade and piping hot. Buen apetito!

Yorgo's Bageldashery

Norfolk, Virginia's Most Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurant: Yorgo's Bageldashery

How could we award companies for progress without picking one in PETA's hometown? With so many vegan options on the menu, it's no wonder that Yorgo's Bageldashery is a hotspot for PETA peeps and other locals! While we're partial to the "Maui Wowie" faux-chicken and pineapple bagelwich (because it was named by a PETA staffer), we're smitten with Yorgo's vegan cream cheese schmears, vegan chicken salad, Italian wraps, and tofu-egg salad. And did we mention the vegan cookies and carrot cake? Or the vegan cinnamon buns? Yorgo's is a local place that offers fast, fresh, animal-friendly breakfasts, lunches, and desserts. Sweet.

Match Premium Vegan Meats

Best Food-Service Innovation: Match Premium Vegan Meats

Restaurants and food-service companies across the country can't get enough of Match Foods' vegan versions of pork, sausage, beef, crab, and chicken, which are billed as some of the best meat alternatives on the market. Take one taste of any of Match's mouthwatering mock meats, and you'll be hooked too. The products are second to none when it comes to texture and versatility, and they're not pre-seasoned, so you can flavor them any way you choose. Sold online and packaged in large pieces so you can slice, dice, or crumble them to your heart's content, Match's products are the perfect match for any meal.

French Meadow Bakery and Café

Best Airport Concessions: French Meadow Bakery and Café

Thanks to the French Meadow Bakery and Café, flying the friendly skies just got a little animal-friendlier. Available at JFK, Logan International, and Minneapolis–St. Paul airports, French Meadow's many delicious vegan baked goods include peanut butter cookies, carrot cake, hemp bagels, and a bounty of freshly baked breads. And the great-tasting products are also great for your health. Made with organic, all-natural ingredients and packed with "performance foods" such as hemp seeds, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and flax seeds, French Meadow's bakery items are designed to "keep your engine running and your body healthy"—and a healthy body always comes in handy when you're battling long lines and even longer layovers at the airport!


Most Vegetarian-Friendly Convenience Store: 7-Eleven

Thank heaven for the new vegetarian options at 7-Eleven! While getting great vegan eats on the run is pretty easy (see our Web feature on vegan fare at chain restaurants for examples), it got a whole lot easier this year—at least in Philadelphia—thanks to the new variety of delicious vegetarian sandwiches that are now being offered at several area 7-Elevens. Moshe's-brand meatless sandwiches (selections include a falafel, faux chicken, faux steak, and eggless "egg" salad), will now be available at all 7-Elevens in Philadelphia. We hear that these items are big hits in the City of Brotherly Love!


Best Outdoor Vegan Shoe Retailer: Patagonia

Offering six styles of vegan footwear, outdoor clothing giant Patagonia is racing ahead of the competition when it comes to providing high-quality, high-performance nonleather shoes. We love the lightweight "Finn" hiking shoe. Available in both men's and women's sizes, this durable, state-of-the-art synthetic shoe features breathable mesh, a recycled rubber sole, and all the superior durability and performance needed to explore the great outdoors—without exploiting animals for leather or wreaking havoc on the environment.

Payless ShoeSource

Best New Vegan Shoe Line: Payless ShoeSource

In October 2008, Payless ShoeSource announced the creation of what the company is calling the "first-ever affordable green footwear line." We at PETA love eco-friendly footwear as much as the next person, so we're especially glad that Payless realized that to be truly green, the shoes in the line would have to be leather-free! This compassionate step makes perfect sense for any product that is billed as sustainable, because the leather industry is one of the most ecologically devastating industries around. Kudos to Payless for not tarnishing its new eco-friendly line with Earth-unfriendly leather!

NY Artificial

Best Vegan Handbags: NY Artificial

Making bags, shoes, and other accessories out of animals' exotic skin is about as cold-blooded as it gets. Snakes and lizards are nailed to trees and skinned alive, and crocodiles and alligators are beaten to death with bats. Luckily, NY Artificial wants no part of that. Whether you're looking for a faux-croc clutch or a leather-free lizard tote, NY Artificial is the place to go for humane, high-fashion handbags. Be sure to check out their collection of Karuna shopping bags, available online or at their NY Artificial's stores in the West Village and the Meatpacking District. Ultra-hip and ultra-handy, 60 percent of the profit from these bags is donated to various charities, including PETA.

Jaan J.

Best Vegan Tie Collection: Jaan J.

Why are we singing the praises of Jaan J.? Because ties made from natural plant-based or synthetic fibers make the man, and Jaan J. makes the best vegan ties in the land. Thanks to Jaan J.'s vast variety of colors and patterns available online, it's easier than ever to avoid silk ties (approximately 3,000 silkworms are steamed and gassed alive in their cocoons to make every pound of silk). Jaan J. more than succeeds in its mission to "produce the best nonsilk vegan ties for those who want the best neckties and need the best neckties for their mind, body, and soul."


Best Environmental Promotion: Kashi

Can one day really change your life? Kashi thinks it can. That's why the natural food company behind "7 grains on a mission" launched a national tour called "Day of Change." An Earth-friendly event, Kashi's Day of Change includes yoga, live cooking demos, product sampling, and a special "Challenge Kiosk" that encourages visitors to help the planet in a number of ways, including going vegan. This is great, because, as many people now know, meat is the number one cause of climate change.

Daimler AG

Most Improved Car Manufacturer: Daimler AG

Looking for a not-so-mean, green driving machine? Daimler AG has just the car or you. Following a consumer-driven PETA campaign against the company, Daimler AG decided to take the high road and informed us that all Mercedes-Benz models would be made available with a completely leather-free option, either direct at the dealership or via special order in all markets. That's great news for eco- and animal-friendly consumers who want to ride without the hide, but the news is even better for cows. It can take up to 15 cowhides to make the interior for just one car. As consumers become more and more aware of the connection between leather and the misery of slaughterhouses, they are realizing that refusing to use leather is an easy way to help animals. Luckily, more and more companies like Daimler AG are using a variety of terrific, cruelty-free natural fibers that look and feel as good as or better than leather—but without that dead-animal smell!

Yushan Yan and Team

Best Scientific Innovation (tie): Yushan Yan and Team

The armed forces often enlist dogs into intelligence and combat service, using them to search for bombs and drugs—tasks that endanger their lives and well-being. With a little ingenuity, innovations can be developed to meet humans' needs without endangering animals. That's why we are happy to honor University of California professor Yushan Yan and his team for creating electronic bomb-sniffing technology. Able to identify tiny amounts of explosives, hazardous materials, and even landmines, these handheld "electronic noses" can easily be used at airports and in military operations. This cutting-edge technology can cut canines out of the action, potentially allowing dogs to say "good-bye" to bomb-sniffing once and for all.


Best Scientific Innovation (tie): CeeTox

PETA is proud to honor CeeTox for developing a more high-tech, humane alternative to cruel, unreliable, and outdated animal tests. Using in vitro toxicity screening to test drugs, chemicals, cosmetics, and consumer products, CeeTox's screening services enable research and development organizations to assess the toxicity of chemicals using cell-based technology. This pioneering technology shows the scientific community that animal testing is unnecessary and outdated. Thanks to the ingenuity of this company, fewer animals will suffer and die in laboratories.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Most Progressive Member of Congress: Rep. Dennis Kucinich

A dedicated animal rights advocate, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) works tirelessly to promote animal-friendly legislation on Capital Hill. From educating his fellow legislators about the link between violence against animals and violence against humans to opening an inquiry into the alleged abuse of animals at the Hallmark meat-packing plant, Rep. Kucinich is a strong voice for animals everywhere. He has even taken on the Chinese cat- and dog-fur industry and called for increased funding to enforce the Animal Welfare Act. And unlike fellow Democrat Al Gore, whose meat-eating ways make him more mean than green, the vegetarian Kucinich is a true environmentalist who is helping to save the planet one plant-based meal at a time!

Feed My Starving Children

Most Animal-Friendly Hunger Charity: Feed My Starving Children

A nonprofit organization committed to ending world hunger, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) provides nutritious pre-packaged meals to more than 50 countries. The group's approach is simple: Volunteers package vitamin- and mineral-fortified vegan meals made of rice, soy nuggets, vegetarian chicken flavoring, and vegetables, and FMSC ships them to needy people. The meals are specially formulated to save the lives of severely malnourished children and help those who are not in immediate danger improve their health. FMSC gave away 43 million meals last year alone!

Center for Healthcare Education (CHE)

Most Progressive Healthcare Education Program: Center for Healthcare Education (CHE)

PETA is proud to honor the Center for Healthcare Education (CHE), the largest medical training center in Southern California, for its commitment to providing high-quality life-support training to healthcare professionals without ever harming animals. President Cindy Tait, R.N., M.P.H., has maintained a humane curriculum at CHE and has taken the initiative to reach out to her colleagues who are still using animals in cruel training courses and explain that her center meets its course objectives through the use of modern, human patient manikins that provide a far more realistic experience for trainees than does the use of animals. The Center for Healthcare Education proves that high-quality, humane medical education is within everyone's reach.

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Company of the Year

Priszm Income Fund


Most Animal-Friendly Craft Book:Alt. Fiber: 25 Projects for Knitting Green With Bamboo, Soy, Hemp, and More by Shannon Okey

Most Animal-Friendly Production Studio:Animal Makers

Most Animal-Friendly Video Game:Fable 2

Best New Self-Help Book:Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness by Kathy Freston

Best Animal-Themed Book: Merle's Door: Lessons From a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote

Most Animal-Friendly Celebrity

Most Animal-Friendly Movie:Marley and Me

Personal Care Products

Best Cruelty-Free Spa Products:Aveda

Best Cruelty-Free Makeup Brushes:Eco-Tools

Best Cruelty-Free Cosmetics:e.l.f. Cosmetics

Best Cruelty-Free Sunscreen:Ocean Potion

Best Cruelty-Free Men's Personal-Care Products:Jack Black LLC

Companion Animals

Best Dog Treat Company:Boston Baked Bonz

Most Progressive Animal Toy:Ganz-Webkinz


Best New Dairy Alternatives:Follow Your Heart

Best Vegan Cookbook (tie):Great Chefs Cook Vegan by Linda Long

Best Vegan Cookbook (tie):Skinny Bitch in the Kitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin

Most Improved Grocery Chain:Harris Teeter

Best New Faux-Meat Products:Trader Joe's

Best Vegan Bakery:Vegan Treats

Best New Vegetarian Restaurant:The VegiTerranean (Chrissie Hynde)

Most Vegetarian-Friendly Mexican Food Chain:Moe's Southwest Grill

Norfolk, Virginia's Most Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurant:Yorgo's Bageldashery

Best Food-Service Innovation:Match Meats

Best Airport Concessions:French Meadow Bakery and Café

Most Vegetarian-Friendly Convenience Store:7-Eleven

Clothing and Accessories

Best Outdoor Vegan Shoe Retailer:Patagonia

Best New Vegan Shoe Line:Payless ShoeSource

Best Vegan Handbags:NY Artificial

Best Vegan Tie Collection:Jaan J.


Best Environmental Promotion:Kashi

Most Improved Car Manufacturer:Daimler AG

Best Scientific Innovation (tie):Yushan Yan and Team, UC Riverside

Best Scientific Innovation (tie):CeeTox

Most Innovative Health Charity:Avon Foundation/Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

Most Progressive Healthcare Education Program:Center for Healthcare Education (CHE)


Most Progressive Member of Congress:Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Most Animal-Friendly Hunger Charity:Feed My Starving Children

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