Local Teacher 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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Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Vancouver, Wash. – PETA Prime is preparing to crown this year’s Sexiest Vegans Over 50—and local special-education teacher Tim Medearis 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.

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.

“From encouraging his colleagues to go vegan to showing the world how the meat and dairy industries exploit animals, Tim Medearis is a powerful force for animal rights,” 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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