Local Teacher Crowned PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan Over 50’

Animal Advocate Nabs Stay at Luxury Beachfront Wellness Retreat—and a Platform to Help Even More Animals

For Immediate Release:
September 30, 2019

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Vancouver, Wash. – Today, PETA Prime named local special-education teacher Tim Medearis one of its two Sexiest Vegans Over 50. He beat out entrants from across the country to win a three-night stay at Balance for Life Florida, an all-inclusive wellness retreat at a beautiful oceanfront resort.

Medearis had been a vegetarian for 18 years when he watched Cowspiracy nearly four years ago—and he immediately went vegan. Since then, his arthritis pain has almost entirely disappeared—and he has inspired several of his colleagues to go vegan themselves. He and his wife can frequently be found volunteering at their local farmed-animal sanctuary, running the children’s corner at vegetarian/vegan fests throughout the Pacific Northwest, and leading powerful “Cube of Truth” demonstrations, both locally and as far away as Austria. “The thing I am most proud of is doing outreach at A-V cubes,” he says. “I know that every time I go, I have an impact on people’s lives and [as many as] 10 to 20 people are seriously considering a vegan diet after I talk with them.”

“Tim Medearis is an enthusiastic animal advocate who has changed the hearts and minds of people around the world,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is honored to support him as he continues to be a testament to the power of going vegan and making cruelty-free choices at any age.”

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.

The other winner of PETA Prime’s contest is Laurel Lea of Weston, Connecticut. PETA selected the two winners based on several factors, including vote count.

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