West Valley City Man Is Finalist in PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan Next Door’ Contest

Fire Performer Says Animal-Friendly Meals Keep Him Trim

For Immediate Release:
April 21, 2015

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

West Valley City, Utah – It’s time for PETA to name this year’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door—and 27-year-old West Valley City resident Victor Ivan Barragan might just take home the title. He beat out hundreds of other entrants from across the U.S. to become one of 10 male contestants to advance to the final round. Visitors to PETA.org can now help PETA decide whom it should pick as the two lucky winners—one male and one female—who will each receive a free vacation for two to Maui, Hawaii, courtesy of Humane Travel.

“All of PETA’s finalists are as attractive on the inside as they are on the outside, thanks to their decision to choose meals that are kind to animals, the planet, and their health,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “On average, vegans are fitter and trimmer than meat-eaters are—and of course, they spare the lives of more than 100 animals every year.”

A trilingual fire performer and breakdancer, this Latin dancing Renaissance man is no slouch when it comes to spreading the word about delicious vegan foods. He is debuting his own series of vegan cooking videos—which he produces in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language—and is hard at work on a vegan cookbook, which he says will help others find fun and easy ways to eat animal-friendly foods. Barragan credits vegan meals with helping him slim down and build muscle for his many active hobbies, and in his free time, he can be found playing with his two rescued dogs, Buddy and Egon.

Voting for the finalists to help PETA determine whom it should select as the winners ends at noon EDT on May 1. PETA will select the winners based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here. Winners will be notified and announced by May 6.

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

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