PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan Next Door’ Contest Is off and Running

Winners Will Each Receive a Free Trip for Two to Hawaii

For Immediate Release:
February 25, 2014

Shakira Croce 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Calling all smoking-hot vegans who think they have what it takes to be PETA’s 2014 Sexiest Vegan Next Door! Modeled after PETA’s iconic Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity contest—which has featured such vegan notables as Anne Hathaway, Joaquin Phoenix, Carrie Underwood, Bill Clinton, and Alicia Silverstone—the annual contest shows that gorgeous men and women who go meat-, dairy-, and egg-free are, on average, fitter and healthier than meat-eaters are, and that makes them sexier, too. The one male and one female winner will each receive a one-week trip for two to Maui, Hawaii, courtesy of Humane Travel.

“Going vegan is the kindest thing you can do for animals and your own body—and when you feel better, you look better, too,” says PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Lindsay Rajt. “All of our entrants are already winners because they’re eating delicious, healthy foods that didn’t harm a hair, feather, or fin on an animal’s body.”

Vegans obviously have big hearts, but studies show that they have healthier ones, too. In addition to slashing their risk of developing heart disease, vegans are less prone to developing cancer, diabetes, and obesity. And here’s a special note for meat-eating men: If you want to cut your chances of coming up short in bed, you might want to trade in those Big Macs for veggie burgers. That’s because the cholesterol and saturated fats in meat and other animal products can clog arteries and slow the flow of blood to all the body’s organs.

Entrants must be U.S. residents and at least 22 years of age. Previous finalists and winners are ineligible to enter. The entry round ends on March 14, the second round runs from March 17 to 28, and voting for the 10 male and 10 female finalists to help PETA decide whom it should pick as the winners runs from April 14 to May 2. PETA will select winners based on several factors, including vote count, and they will be announced on May 6. See the full contest details here.

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