Duarte Woman Is a Finalist in PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan Next Door’ Contest

Private Chef and Dog Rescuer Got Big Energy Boost After Switching Diet

For Immediate Release:
April 15, 2014

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David Perle 202-483-7382

Duarte, Calif. – PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door 2014 contest is down to the wire, and 34-year-old Duarte resident Piper Bruce could take home the grand prize. That’s because she has beaten out hundreds of other entrants from across the U.S. to become one of 10 female contestants to advance to the final round. Two lucky winners—one female and one male—will each receive a free vacation for two to Maui, Hawaii, courtesy of HumaneTrip.com.

“Going vegan can help make you feel better on the inside, look better on the outside, and save the lives of more than 100 animals a year,” says PETA Special Projects Manager Alicia Woempner. “On average, vegans are fitter and trimmer than meat-eaters are, and that makes them sexier, too.”

Bruce is a former Glendale police officer and expert sharpshooter whose dual professions now include vice president of the dog-rescue group Hand in Paw and private vegan chef. She went vegetarian nearly 20 years ago after watching a video on slaughterhouses and has been vegan for two years. “I feel clean, energized, lean, clear-headed, focused … and I never get sick!” she says. She also gets all the support she could hope for—her husband, parents, and brother have all switched to vegan lifestyles. She holds two master’s degrees, one in applied behavioral analysis and another in criminal justice, and her favorite activities include hiking with her dogs and playing tennis.

Voting for the finalists to help PETA determine the winners ends at noon EDT on May 2. PETA will select the winners based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here. Winners will be notified and announced by May 6.

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