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Lucknow Man, Woman Finalists in PETA's 'Hottest Vegetarian Next Door' Contest

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

For Immediate Release:
3 November 2012

Contact:
Benazir Suraiya +91 9004547382; BenazirS@petaindia.org
Bhuvaneshwari Gupta 022 40727382; GuptaB@petaindia.org

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh – The competition to be named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India's Hottest Vegetarian Next Door is heating up, and 22-year-old Amrita Chaturvedi and 23-year-old Vikramajeet Singh, both of Lucknow, may just take home the prize. That's because they have beaten out hundreds of other entrants from across India to become two of 10 female and 10 male contestants to advance to the final round. Two winners (one male and one female) will be crowned PETA's hottest vegetarians, and both will be featured on PETA's website and receive a sash and a trophy.

"On average, vegetarians are slimmer and healthier than meat-eaters are – and they save more than 100 animals a year from factory farms, slaughterhouses and fishing nets", says PETA India nutritionist Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. "One look at our radiant finalists proves that there's nothing sexier than compassion."

Says Amrita, "A vegetarian lifestyle helps maintain a balanced ecosystem and save species from extinction".

And why did Vikramajeet go vegetarian? "Vegetarianism is the only answer to the colossal problems of population growth and world hunger."

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 UN 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".

The deadline for voting is 5:30 pm on 16th November. The winners will be named on 26th  November.

PETA will select winners based on several factors, including vote count. The full contest details are available on the group's website, PETAIndia.com

All visitors to PETA's website can vote for their favourite finalists to help PETA decide who should be crowned the winners.

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