100-Year-Old Marathoner Fauja Singh Becomes PETA’s New Pro-Vegetarian Poster Boy

For Immediate Release:

21 October 2011


Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

London – Just days after scoring a Guinness World Record as the oldest person to complete a marathon, 100-year-old runner Fauja Singh finds himself with another first: He’s the oldest person to star in a PETA ad campaign! Singh, who made headlines around the world when he completed the Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday, has joined the ranks of celebrities such as Sir Paul McCartney and Alicia Silverstone by appearing in the “I Am a Vegetarian” ad series started by PETA US. The ad features him mid-stride and reads, “I am Fauja Singh, and I Am a Vegetarian. 100-Year-Young Marathon Runner and World Record holder”. Singh rediscovered his passion for distance running at age 81 and credits his vegetarian diet with his awe-inspiring stamina and longevity.

“Fauja’s vitality is an inspiring demonstration of the positive effects that a vegetarian diet can have on our physical and mental well-being”, says PETA nutritionist Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “A meat-free diet not only reduces our chances of developing life-threatening illnesses but also, as Fauja demonstrates, helps us to live longer!”

“You need a balanced and wholesome diet. It doesn’t matter how nice to look at or sweet food is – if your body can’t digest it, why eat it? “, says Singh. “In many parts of the world, people are dying because of starvation, whilst others are dying because of overeating. My solution is just to eat what my body needs. ”
Eating animal products has been conclusively linked to heart disease, diabetes, strokes, obesity and cancer. Vegans and vegetarians are much fitter and trimmer, on average, than meat-eaters are. The meat industry also causes animals on factory farms unimaginable suffering, as they are crammed by the thousands into filthy, windowless sheds; wire cages; farrowing crates and other confinement systems.

Fauja Singh is part of a long list of celebrities – including Bryan Adams, Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Shahid Kapoor, Lara Dutta, and R. Madhavan – who have teamed up with PETA India or its international affiliates to promote a vegetarian diet.

For more information about going vegetarian, please visit PETAIndia.com.