Katonah Architect Is PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Over 50

Male Winner Credits Vegan Eating With Giving Him Energy, Good Health

For Immediate Release:
October 22, 2014

David Perle 202-483-7382

Katonah, N.Y. – After more than 1,100 votes were tallied in order to help PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—choose the victors, 70-year-old Katonah resident Edward Ozols has beaten out dozens of other entrants to be crowned the male winner of PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Over 50 contest. Ozols will be featured on PETAPrime.org, PETA’s baby boomer–focused website. He won a three-night stay for two at the beautiful Guatemalan eco-resort Laguna Lodge, a PETA photo shoot in Los Angeles, and a selection of goodies from the PETA Catalog.

“Like PETA’s previous winners, Edward is living proof that going vegan is a great way to protect your health, boost your energy, and ramp up your sex appeal at any age,” says PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews. “After all, what’s sexier than someone who exudes passion and compassion?”

A connoisseur of classical music, cooking, and photography, Ozols also runs a successful architectural practice and finds the time to maintain a formidable mix of athletic hobbies, including sailing, tennis, and skiing. He is also an active presence on social media sharing his compassion for factory-farmed animals, and he even forgoes birthday presents in favor of encouraging friends and family members to sponsor orphaned elephants. Following emergency bypass surgery five years ago, he made the switch to healthy, delicious vegan meals and is now writing a book about the health benefits of plant-based eating. “Although I’m older now, I have more energy than I ever had before I decided to forego devouring animal flesh,” he says.

The female winner of this year’s contest, 61-year-old Ellen Jaffe Jones, is a vegan cookbook author and running coach. She lives in Holmes Beach, Fla.

The winners were selected by PETA based on several factors, including vote count. For more information and to view Ozols’ photo and bio, please visit PETAPrime.org.

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