Police Officer is a Finalist in PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan’ Contest

New York's Thomas Meyer Attempts to Take Top Honors—and a Tropical Vacation

For Immediate Release:
April 23, 2019

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New York – PETA is preparing to crown this year’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door—and one police officer has beaten out hundreds of other entrants from across the nation to advance to the final round of 20 contestants. Visitors to PETA.org can now help PETA select the two winners, who will each receive a free vacation for two to Hawaii, courtesy of Humane Travel.

New York City police officer Thomas Meyer went vegan almost two years ago in order to combat his family’s history of high cholesterol, and he’s already been astonished by his results—his cholesterol dropped, his workout performance improved, and he has a more positive outlook on life. He runs the social media accounts for his sister’s vegan bakery, and at work, he’s known as the “vegan police”: He’s encouraged many of his fellow officers to try more vegan meals and start using vegan protein powder. Because of his efforts, multiple officers are now dairy-free, and he even got one to go completely vegan. While on duty, he’s come to the aid of multiple dogs who’ve wandered into the busy New York subway system. And he counts last year’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door winner, Las Vegas police officer David Anthony, as his vegan role model.

“Thomas Meyer shows his commitment to protecting and serving all living, feeling beings every time he sits down to eat,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “All the finalists in PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door contest prove that there’s nothing sexier than striving to make the world a kinder place.”

Voting to help PETA determine which finalists it should select as the winners ends at 12 noon EDT on May 13. The winners—who will be selected based on several factors, including vote count—will be announced on May 20. This is the first year that the contest is gender neutral. See the full contest details here.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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