Las Vegas Police Officer Is PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan’

First Responder of 2017 Shooting Takes Home Top Honors—Along With a Tropical Vacation

For Immediate Release:
May 24, 2018

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Las Vegas – He’s a police officer, a gym enthusiast, and an avid video gamer—and now, Las Vegas local David Anthony is PETA’s 2018 Sexiest Vegan Next Door. He beat out contestants from across the U.S. to nab the title, which comes with a vacation for two to Maui, Hawaii, courtesy of Humane Travel.

Anthony has served on the Las Vegas force for eight years—and although he was off duty on the night of the deadly 2017 Las Vegas shooting, he jumped in to assist with efforts to evacuate survivors and look for missing people. Afterwards, local vegan restaurant VegeNation brought dinner for his entire unit. “I was touched to see my vegan community come forward to help my law-enforcement community reflect after such a heartbreaking tragedy,” Anthony says.

When he’s not on duty, he loves spending time with his wife and son (who went vegan with him), playing video games, and working out—and he says that going vegan has helped improve his post-workout recovery time dramatically. “During the first four months my cholesterol dropped from 222 to 145,” he says. “I’d be an idiot to look back. … [E]ating meat is murder/suicide. Murder for the animals and suicide for me.”

“Between his impressive physique and his huge heart for animals, Officer David Anthony is a force to be reckoned with,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA encourages anyone who’s inspired by his compassion, strength, and energy to give going vegan a try.”

Texas-based aesthetician and longtime animal rights activist Dani Alexander snagged this year’s female title. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—selected the winners based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here.

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