San Antonio Firefighter Is a Finalist in PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan’ Contest

Navy Veteran Battles It Out to Take Home Top Honors—and a Tropical Vacation

For Immediate Release:
June 6, 2017

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

San Antonio – PETA is preparing to crown this year’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door, and San Antonio firefighter Aaron Gaunt 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 can now help PETA select the two lucky winners—one man and one woman—who will each receive a free vacation for two to Maui, Hawaii, courtesy of Humane Travel.

Gaunt served in the Navy from 2008 to 2016, primarily as a firefighter, and was deployed three times with the USS Carl Vinson. The documentary Forks Over Knives inspired him to go vegan during his deployment, and now he shares his passion for vegan cooking with his fellow firefighters—his specialties include Beyond Meat veggie burgers and enchiladas—and challenges them to make the connection between the dogs and cats they save from house fires and the pigs and cows who are killed for food.

“With his plant-fueled strength and energy and his dedication to saving animals’ lives, this vegan firefighter is smoking hot,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Each finalist in PETA’s contest is a testament to how sexy vegans are, inside and out.”

Voting for the finalists to help PETA determine whom it should select as the winners ends at 12 noon EDT on June 21. 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 June 28.

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

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