For Immediate Release:
27 October 2014
Kicking the Meat Habit Has 10 Men and 10 Women Sizzling With Passion and Compassion
Bangalore – As People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s Cutest Vegetarian Next Door contest heats up, 20-year-old Akash Talampally and 29-year-old Deepthi Ajay, both of Bangalore, may just take home the prize. That’s because they have beaten out hundreds of other entrants from across India to be among the 10 male and 10 female contestants to advance to the final round. PETA will crown two winners (one male and one female) the Cutest Vegetarians Next Door, and each will be featured on PETA’s website and receive a certificate, sash and trophy. All visitors to PETA’s website can vote for their favourite finalists in order to help PETA decide who it should choose as the winners.
“On average, vegetarians are slimmer and healthier than meat-eaters are – and over their lifetimes, they save countless 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.”
Talampally, a vegetarian from birth and a fitness fanatic, credits his diet with helping him put on muscle and “increase my stamina”. Ajay is a vegetarian “by culture and by choice”. Her diet makes her feel “more energetic and healthy amongst all my … meat-eating friends”.
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”.
The deadline for voting to help PETA decide who it should choose as the winners is 30 October. The winners will be named on 1 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. Winners will ultimately be selected by PETA based on several factors, including vote count. Read the full contest details here.