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

For Immediate Release:
26 September 2017

Dr Arun Kaatu [email protected]

Ruchir Santuka [email protected]

Neha Nagda [email protected]

Madhurima Madgula [email protected]

Shambhavi Tiwari [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 2017 Cutest Vegetarian Next Door contest heats up, Dr Arun Kaatu, Ruchir Santuka, Neha Nagda, and Madhurima Madgula – all of whom are from Bengaluru, Karnataka – are in the running to take home the prize. Each has beaten out hundreds of other contestants from across India to become one of 20 finalists. PETA will ultimately crown two winners, one man and one woman, as the 2017 Cutest Vegetarians Next Door – and members of the public can help the group select the winners 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 CEO Dr Manilal Valliyate. “One look at our radiant finalists confirms that there’s nothing more attractive than compassion.”

Kaatu explains that he’s a vegetarian “[b]ecause [his] choice [of food] should not make someone a victim.”

“I can’t imagine seeing animals being used for any other purpose than being loved. … Be it pets or any other animal, [the]  right to life is for all living beings,” says Nagda.

“Born a vegetarian, I have been raising awareness about the environmental impact of meat-processing factories, even [giving] a presentation in the office [about this],” says Santuka. “I stand firmly against the way poultry animals are treated.”

“I was always … a vegetarian [and recently] turned vegan,” says Madgula. “I started following PETA and witnessed [the] harsh cruelty behind meat and dairy via graphic videos. That’s when I decided to make this compassionate move.”

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 will select the winners based on several factors, including vote count. Read the full contest details here.