Raipur Man, Woman Are Finalist in PETA’s ‘Cutest Vegetarian Next Door’ Contest

Immediate Release:
1 November 2013

Mansi Rawal +91 9167907382; [email protected]
Bhuvaneshwari Gupta +91 9167937382; [email protected]

Kicking the Meat Habit Has 10 Men and 10 Women Sizzling With Passion and Compassion

Raipur – As People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s ‘Cutest Vegetarian Next Door’ contest is brewing up, 23-year-old Shweta Sharma and 24-year-old Abhinav Nayak, both of Raipur, may just take home the prize. That’s because Abhinav and Shweta have beaten out hundreds of other entrants from across India to become one of the 10 male and 10 female contestants to advance to the final round. Two winners (one female and one male) will be crowned PETA’s Cutest Vegetarian Next Door, and each will be featured on PETA’s website and receive a sash and a trophy. All visitors to PETA’s website can vote for their favorite finalists.

“On average, vegetarians are slimmer and healthier than meat-eaters are – and over their lifetimes they save hundreds of animals from factory farms, slaughterhouses, and fishing nets”, says PETA India nutritionist Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “One look at our radiant finalists proves that there’s nothing more attractive than compassion.”

Shweta says, “
Being vegetarian is one of the best ways to be healthy, have a longer life, avoid health problems and, most important, avoid harming animals.

Abhinav’s reason to turn vegetarian? “We are not born to eat meat. Look in the mirror – the structure of our teeth is made for vegetarian food.”

In addition to causing animal suffering on a massive scale, eating meat and dairy products has been conclusively linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer and obesity. Also, a United Nations report concluded that the meat industry is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global. By switching to a vegetarian diet, you can save more than 100 animals a year from this misery.

The deadline for voting is 7 November. The winners will be named on 11 November.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com. To see all the finalists’ photos and comments – and to vote in the contest – please click here.