Bangalore Residents are Finalists in PETA India’s ‘Cutest Vegetarian Next Door’ Contest

For Immediate Release:
21 September 2018

Himangi Singh; [email protected]

Abhishek Thevar; [email protected]

Garima Jain; [email protected]

Kicking the Meat Habit Has Made 10 Men and 10 Women Sizzle With Passion – and Compassion

Bengaluru – As People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s 2018 Cutest Vegetarian Next Door contest heats up, Himangi Singh and Abhishek Thevar of Bangalore are in the running to take home the title. They’ve beaten out hundreds of other contestants from across India to land a place among the 20 finalists. PETA India will ultimately crown two winners – one man and one woman – and members of the public can help the group choose by voting for their favourite finalists on its website.

“On average, vegetarians are slimmer and healthier than meat-eaters are – and over their lifetime, they spare many animals the horrors of factory farms, slaughterhouses, and fishing nets,” says PETA India CEO Dr Manilal Valliyate. “One look at our radiant finalists confirms that there’s nothing more attractive than compassion.”

“I came across people living a vegan and sustainable life in Sadhana Forest in Pondicherry and was inspired to go vegan,” says Singh. “It’s the least I can do for animals. I look forward to the day when meat can be cultured in laboratories and people accept it in their diets.”

“I am a vegan bodybuilder and inspire people to choose a vegan diet in order to have a healthy life,” says Thevar. “I help people switch to a vegan diet by making them realise what they are actually eating and breaking the myth that you have to eat meat to get protein and have a muscular body.”

In addition to causing animal suffering on a massive scale, eating meat has been conclusively linked to an increased risk of suffering from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. Also, a United Nations report concluded that factory farming is one of the biggest contributors to the most serious environmental problems at every level – from local to global.

Voting will be open to the public until 29 September, and the winners will be announced on 3 October.

For more information, please visit To see all the finalists’ photos and comments – and vote for your favourites – please click here. PETA India will select the winners based on several factors, including vote count. Read the full contest details here.