Bangalore Vegetarians Are Finalists in PETA’s ‘Cutest Vegetarian Next Door’ Contest

For Immediate Release:
1 November 2013

Mansi Rawal; [email protected]
Bhuvaneshwari Gupta; [email protected]

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 is brewing up, we don’t have one but three young finalists from Bangalore, who may take the prize home. That’s because Varun Bantia (24), Krutika Shah (24) and Archana G (27) have beaten out hundreds of other young entrants from across India to become the top contestants out of the 10 male and 10 female contestants to advance to the final round. Two winners (one female and one male) will be crowned PETA’s Cutest Vegetarian Next Door, and each will be featured on PETA’s website and receive a sash and a trophy. All visitors to PETA’s website can vote for their favorite finalists.

“On average, vegetarians are slimmer and healthier than meat-eaters – and over their lifetimes they save hundreds of 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 more attractive than compassion.”

Varun says, “Being vegetarian makes me love animals and myself. I believe in non-violence, so I hate the slaughtering of animals. I want to protect animals so that they don’t become extinct.

Krutika has to say, “Being vegetarian or vegan also saves the planet from global warming, land degradation, water pollution and world hunger…”

While Archana says, “Vegetarianism is cruelty-free, which helps enable having a pure soul and avoiding any critical illness. Such a lifestyle prevents pollution and global warming…”

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. By switching to a vegetarian diet, you can save more than 100 animals a year from this misery.

The deadline for voting is 7 November. The winners will be named on 11 November.

For more information, please visit To see all the finalists’ photos and comments – and to vote in the contest – please click here.