Baltimore Police Officer Is a Finalist in PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan’ Contest

Michael Baysmore Will Battle It Out to Take Top Honors—and a Tropical Vacation

For Immediate Release:
June 6, 2017

David Perle 202-483-7382

Baltimore – PETA is preparing to crown this year’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door—and local police officer Michael Baysmore beat out hundreds of other entrants from across the nation to advance to the final round of 10 male and 10 female contestants. Visitors to can now help PETA select the two lucky winners—one man and one woman—who will each receive a free vacation for two to Maui, Hawaii, courtesy of Humane Travel.

A member of the Coppin State University Police Department, Baysmore—who wrote a thought-provoking article last year for BuzzFeed about being an African-American police officer in Baltimore—believes that violence and suffering in all forms are wrong. He went vegan five years ago to make the world a kinder and safer place for everyone, including animals. “If I can make a difference in one person’s life or save even one animal from suffering and death, then I’ve helped make the planet a better place to be,” Baysmore says.

“Michael strives to have a positive impact both in his approach to vegan eating and in his role as a police officer, and he succeeds mightily,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Each one of the finalists in PETA’s contest is a testament to how sexy vegans are—inside and out.”

Voting for the finalists to help PETA determine whom it should select as the winners ends at 12 noon EDT on June 21. PETA will select the winners based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here. Winners will be notified and announced on June 28.

Baltimore’s Oriole Park at Camden Yards nabbed the eighth spot on PETA’s list of the Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Ballparks, proving that the city is becoming more animal-friendly by the day. For more information and to cast your vote, please click here.

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