Sarasota Woman Is a Finalist in PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door Contest

Professional Rocker, Daughter of Hollywood Actor and Major League Baseball Pitcher Lists Compassion as Her Number-One Turn-On

For Immediate Release:
April 18, 2013

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David Perle 202-483-7382

Sarasota, Fla. — PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door 2013 contest is down to the wire, and 23-year-old Sarasota resident Lindsey Landers could take home the grand prize. That’s because she has beaten out hundreds of other entrants from across the U.S. to become one of 10 female contestants to advance to the final round. Two lucky winners (one female and one male) 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 Lindsay Rajt. “On average, vegans are fitter and trimmer than meat-eaters are, and that makes them sexier, too.”

Landers was raised vegetarian and went vegan three years ago because she refuses to patronize the cruel egg and dairy industries. Her sister Kristy and her mother, Judy Landers, who appeared in several TV shows and Hollywood films, including The Love Boat and Charlie’s Angels, are also vegan, and her father is former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tom Niedenfuer. Lindsey and Kristy—who as kids once skipped class because they were going to be forced to dissect animals—front the pop-rock band Official Hot Mess and volunteered to do a video ad for PETA. In addition to volunteering at local animal shelters, you’ll often find Landers out on the protest line in behalf of animals. She enjoys singing, songwriting, playing beach volleyball, cooking vegan foods, and doing yoga. So what kind of guy catches this multitalented, compassionate woman’s eye? “The sexiest thing a man can say is that he eats tofu and loves his dog,” she says.

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.

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