Police Officers Are Finalists in PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan’ Contest

Las Vegas and D.C. Officers Battle It Out to Take Top Honors—and a Tropical Vacation

For Immediate Release:
May 1, 2018

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Norfolk, Va. – PETA is preparing to crown this year’s “Sexiest Vegan Next Door“—and two police officers are both vying for the title. They beat out hundreds of other entrants from across the nation to advance to the final round of 10 male and 10 female contestants. Visitors to PETA.org can help PETA select the winners—one man and one woman—who will each receive a free vacation for two to Maui, Hawaii, courtesy of Humane Travel.

David Anthony, who has served on the Las Vegas force for eight years, went vegan to help his recovery from knee surgery—and he recuperated quickly, while his cholesterol levels dropped, his skin improved, and his post-workout recovery time drastically decreased. “Eating meat is murder-suicide,” he says. “Murder for the animals and suicide for me.” He loves working out, spending time with his wife and son (who went vegan with him), and grabbing a vegan chocolate doughnut from world-famous Ronald’s Donuts.

Mike Jankowski  went vegan a year ago after watching the documentary Earthlings with his family. Now, he uses vegan meals to fuel his workouts at the gym, sports activities, travel, and job, serving on the Washington, D.C., police force, where he’s been for nine years—and where he once memorably shut down three lanes of traffic to help a family of ducks cross the street during rush hour. He loves chowing down on meat-free meatballs and watching animal-friendly animated films like Ferdinand with his wife (an Army recruiter for the D.C. National Guard) and two kids, who went vegan with him.

“These brave officers are committed to serving and protecting all living beings, both on and off duty,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “All the finalists in PETA’s Sexiest Vegan contest prove that a clear conscience and a compassionate heart are the secret ingredients to sexiness.”

Voting to help PETA determine which finalists it should select as the winners ends at 12 noon EDT on May 14. PETA will select the winners based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here. Winners will be notified and announced on May 21.

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