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Thrissur Man is a Finalist 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:
5 November 2012

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

Engandiyur, Thrissur – The competition to be named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India's Hottest Vegetarian Next Door is heating up, and 24-year-old Engandiyur, Thrissur, resident Vimal Das may just take home the prize. That's because Vimal has beaten out hundreds of other entrants from across India to become one of 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."

"It takes around 9 Kilograms of soybeans to make just half a kilograms of beef", says Vimal. "Those same soybeans could help feed all the starving people in the world."

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 the 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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