Folsom Native Is a Finalist in PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door Contest

Computer Programming Major Credits Vegan Meals With Improving Her Health After Severe Car Accident

For Immediate Release:
April 18, 2013

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Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Folsom, Calif. — PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door 2013 contest is down to the wire, and 24-year-old Delaney Page, who grew up in Folsom, Calif., could take home the grand prize. That’s because Page 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 male and one female) will each receive a free vacation for two to Maui, Hawaii, courtesy of HumaneTrip.com. 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.”

Delaney, who lives in Altamonte Springs with her husband and their cat, Bagheera, went vegetarian five years ago in an effort to recover from a severe car accident that had left her with multiple broken bones and deep, painful tissue injuries. Her healthy new meat-free meals helped send the pain packing. “It was absolutely amazing,” she says. Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet—as well as her younger sister, a dedicated animal advocate—persuaded her to go vegan not only for health reasons, but also to protect animals. Now, Delaney credits vegan meals with the energy that allows her to work out with her husband and play soccer several times a week.

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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