Plantation Man Is a Finalist in PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door Contest

Resident Physician Lets Patients Know That Plant-Based Food Is the Way to Good Health

For Immediate Release:
April 25, 2013

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David Perle 202-483-7382

Plantation, Fla. — PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door 2013 contest is down to the wire, and 27-year-old Plantation resident Emron Khan could take home the grand prize. That’s because he has beaten out more than 100 other entrants from across the U.S. to become one of 10 male contestants to advance to the final round. Two lucky winners (one male and one female) will each receive a free vacation for two to Maui, Hawaii, courtesy of HumaneTrip.com. Although the annual contest dates back to 2004, this is the first year that participants must be vegan.

“Going vegan can help make you feel better on the inside, look better on the outside, and save more than 100 animals a year from the violence of factory farms, slaughterhouses, and fishing nets,” says PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Lindsay Rajt. “On average, vegans are fitter and trimmer than meat-eaters are, and that makes them sexier, too.”

Khan, who went vegan eight years ago, is taking a year off from his residency to study plant-based nutrition so that he can center his medical practice around healthy vegan eating. He’s currently working in a hospital emergency room and makes sure that he’s always armed with pro-vegan pamphlets to hand out to patients, and he makes a point of clearing his schedule when an important animal rights protest or other action comes up. Khan’s interests include working out and training in mixed martial arts—including traveling to Thailand to study kickboxing. Why did this dedicated and fitness-minded physician decide to go vegan? “Because animals don’t deserve to die while other healthier and more sustainable food alternatives exist,” he says. “I’m just a regular guy trying to do the right thing.”

Voting for the finalists to help PETA determine the winners ends at 12 noon EDT on May 3. PETA will select winners based on several factors, including vote count. See full contest details here. Winners will be notified and announced by May 9.

For more information and to cast your vote, please click here.

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