Seattle Local Is One of PETA’s ‘Hottest Vegan Firefighters’

For Immediate Release:
September 29, 2017

David Perle 202-483-7382

Seattle – PETA has named the Hottest Vegan Firefighters from all over the world, and sizzling Seattle resident Vicente Bolisig has nabbed a spot on the list. He went vegan four years ago after watching the hard-hitting documentary Forks Over Knives—and he says that now, at 51 years old, he’s in the best shape of his life, thanks to vegan nutrition.

Originally from the Philippines, he has lived in the Seattle area for 40 years and became a firefighter 21 years ago. At Seattle Fire Station 38, he’s known for treating his fellow firefighters to his delicious home-cooked vegan meals, including Soyrizo potato tacos, Buddha bowls, tofu stir-fry, and much more. He credits vegan eating with curing his joint pain and giving him the energy to take up running—along with engaging in his longtime hobbies of hiking, yoga, and traveling. In addition to rescuing numerous humans, he has pulled dogs and cats from burning houses, rescued a puppy who was stuck in the frame of a pickup truck, and helped get a lost parrot out of a tree.

“It’s so important to me to share the benefits of going vegan with my community, especially when so many of my family members and coworkers are struggling with cancer and diabetes,” says Bolisig. “I’m in the best shape of my life, I’m making more exciting and delicious meals, and I know that every time I sit down to eat, I’m saving animals’ lives.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—offers free vegan starter kits for everyone who wants to be a lifesaver for animals by going vegan, just like their local firefighting heroes.

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