California Nurse is Crowned PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan Over 50’

Cardiff Resident and Longtime Animal Rights Advocate Nabs Eight-Day Adventure Through India—and a Platform to Help Even More Animals

For Immediate Release:
October 23, 2018

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Cardiff, Calif. – She’s brought healthy (human) babies into the world as a labor and delivery nurse and been an ardent animal rights proponent for decades—and today, Cardiff resident Darlene Howe was also named the female winner of PETA Prime’s 2018 Sexiest Vegan Over 50 contest. She beat out two other finalists and dozens of entrants from across the country to win an eight-day adventure through northern India, courtesy of VegVoyages—Vegan Adventure Tours.

A vegetarian for 29 years, Howe went vegan last year and hasn’t looked back. She protests the cruelty of the horse-racing industry—including the slaughter of discarded horses—at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and regularly posts messages about the benefits of vegan living on her social media accounts. She also promotes kindness to animals wherever she goes, thanks to her eye-catching tattoo of PETA’s bunny logo alongside the words “Live Cruelty-Free.” “I think many people block animal suffering from their minds and can’t or won’t educate themselves about the subject,” she says. “I like to try different approaches to open their minds.”

“Darlene Howe inspires everyone she can to help animals by making kind choices when it comes to food, clothing, and entertainment,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is honoring her for being a dedicated animal ally as well as living proof that going vegan at any age is the best thing that we can do for animals, the planet, and ourselves.”

The male winner of this year’s contest is Maui, Hawaii–based musician Carlos Garcia. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—selected the two winners based on several factors, including vote count.

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