New Hope Woman is a Finalist in PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan Over 50’ Contest

Animal Advocate Battles It Out to Take Home Top Honors—and a Free Adventure Through India

For Immediate Release:
October 8, 2018

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

New Hope, Pa. – PETA Prime is preparing to crown this year’s Sexiest Vegans Over 50—and New Hope resident April Silverman is vying for the women’s title. She 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 lucky winners (one man and one woman), who will each receive an eight-day adventure through northern India, courtesy of VegVoyages—Vegan Adventure Tours.

Silverman has been vegan for half her life. She credits a PETA mailing describing the suffering of a downed cow who’d been hauled off a transport truck and tied to a tree in 100-degree heat as part of her inspiration for becoming an animal rights advocate. Now 80 years old, she spends hours every day writing letters, signing petitions, and making phone calls to stick up for animals—and she’s even persuaded a few friends to follow her lead and go vegan, too.

“April Silverman’s compassionate choice to steer clear of meat and dairy ‘products’ for decades has made a world of difference for animals and made her a vegan force to be reckoned with,” 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”—notes that in addition to saving nearly 200 animals 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 October 16. 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 October 22.

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