North Hollywood Man Is Finalist in PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan Next Door’ Contest

Plant-Based Foods Keep Air Force Veteran in Trim Shape

For Immediate Release:
April 24, 2015

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Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

North Hollywood, Calif. – It’s time for PETA to name this year’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door—and 34-year-old North Hollywood resident Ryan Fabian might just take home the title. He beat out hundreds of other entrants from across the U.S. to become one of 10 male contestants to advance to the final round. Visitors to PETA.org can now help PETA decide whom it should pick as the two lucky winners—one male and one female—who will each receive a free vacation for two to Maui, Hawaii, courtesy of Humane Travel.

“All of PETA’s finalists are as attractive on the inside as they are on the outside, thanks to their decision to choose meals that are kind to animals, the planet, and their health,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “On average, vegans are fitter and trimmer than meat-eaters are—and of course, they spare the lives of more than 100 animals every year.”

When Fabian was in high school, he had a rude awakening to the plight of animals killed for food—at his first job at a chowder house, he was horrified to witness the violent slaughter of lobsters destined for the table. Soon after, during Air Force basic training, he went vegan—a move he credits with boosting his energy and helping him maintain his active lifestyle, which includes running and lifting weights. He has inspired many friends and family members, including his sister, to go vegan, and he’s not stopping there: A dedicated storyteller and documentarian, Fabian’s next project is a documentary about the meat industry.

Voting for the finalists to help PETA determine whom it should select as the winners ends at noon EDT on May 1. PETA will select the winners based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here. Winners will be notified and announced by May 6.

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