Atlanta Man Is a Finalist in PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door Contest

Bodybuilder, Kickboxer, and Personal Trainer Defies Doubters to Explain What Animal Protein Has to Do With Fitness

For Immediate Release:
April 22, 2013

Kaitlynn Kelly 202-483-7382

Atlanta — PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door 2013 contest is down to the wire, and 33-year-old Atlanta resident Milton Murray could take home the grand prize. That’s because he has beaten out more than 100 other entrants from across the U.S. to become one of 10 male contestants to advance to the final round. Two lucky winners (one male and one female) will each receive a free vacation for two to Maui, Hawaii, courtesy of Although the annual contest dates back to 2004, this is the first year that participants must be vegan.

“Going vegan can help make you feel better on the inside, look better on the outside, and save more than 100 animals a year from the violence of factory farms, slaughterhouses, and fishing nets,” says PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Lindsay Rajt. “On average, vegans are fitter and trimmer than meat-eaters are, and that makes them sexier, too.”

Murray, who is a personal trainer, went vegan nine years ago to improve his health but is also proud that his diet helps animals. An avid weightlifter, mud runner, rock climber, and kickboxer, he is often pelted with questions about how he performs all these strenuous activities and builds lean muscle mass without getting protein from meat. “Do I look like I need to build lean muscle?” he responds. “Sometimes I lift up my shirt, then I disclose all of the plant-based products that have plenty of protein and that help me with my lean muscle mass.” He also enjoys playing tennis, basketball, and soccer and lists confidence, compassion, and kindness as his turn-ons. Murray played a “trick” on some of his meat-eating friends by inviting them to his 26th birthday party at an all-vegan restaurant without telling anyone it was vegan until after they’d raved about the food. Now, some of them are regular customers!

Voting for the finalists to help PETA determine the winners ends at 12 noon EDT on May 3. PETA will select winners based on several factors, including vote count. See full contest details here. Winners will be notified and announced by May 9.

For more information and to cast your vote, please click here.

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