Local Filmmaker Is a Finalist in PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan Over 50 Contest’

Animal Advocate Battles It Out to Take Home Top Honors—and a Free Stay at a Luxury Beachfront Wellness Retreat

For Immediate Release:
September 17, 2019

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David Perle 202-483-7382

Greensboro, Fla. – PETA Prime is preparing to crown this year’s Sexiest Vegans Over 50—and local documentary filmmaker Thomas Jackson is vying for one of two winners’ spots. He beat out entrants from across the country to advance to the final round of six contestants. Visitors to PETA Prime’s website can now help the group select the two lucky winners, who will each receive a three-night stay at Balance for Life Florida, an all-inclusive wellness retreat at a beautiful oceanfront resort.

Jackson went vegan in 2005—and he hasn’t looked back. He’s now promoting his documentary A Prayer for Compassionwhich was produced by vegan Game of Thrones actor Jerome Flynnall over the world and helping churches and communities establish compassionate practices through the Interfaith Vegan Coalition, an organization that he cofounded. He’s also working on a new pro-vegan documentary and a series of animal rights videos as well as an initiative to provide healthy, animal-free lunch options at public schools statewide—and he’s a single dad raising a caring vegan daughter.

“I realize that my look may not be the conventional idea of what sexy is, though I think being a loving single father who is working to leave a more compassionate, sustainable world for the children of all species is pretty sexy,” he says. “My goal is to show my daughter that bringing our voices together is powerful and that change can happen.”

“Everything Thomas Jackson does is propelled by the desire to strengthen the animal rights movement and build another generation of compassionate animal advocates,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Each of the finalists in PETA Prime’s Sexiest Vegan Over 50 Contest is a testament to how attractive vegans of all ages are, inside and out.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. The group notes that in addition to saving nearly 200 animals each every year from daily suffering and a terrifying death, people who go vegan are less prone to suffering from heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity than meat-eaters are.

Voting for the finalists to help PETA Prime determine which ones it should select as the winners ends on September 27. The group will choose the winners based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here. Winners will be notified and announced on September 30.

For more information, please visit Prime.PETA.org.

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