For Immediate Release:
21 September 2018
Rakshita Chhajer; [email protected]
Nishant Byadigera; [email protected]
Garima Jain; [email protected]
Kicking the Meat Habit Has Made 10 Men and 10 Women Sizzle With Passion – and Compassion
Hyderabad – As People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s 2018 Cutest Vegetarian Next Door contest heats up, Rakshita Chhajer and Nishant Byadigera of Hyderabad 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 am a vegetarian because I don’t want to hurt animals,” says Chhajer. “I don’t eat meat or use anything that’s made of animals, like leather or fur.”
“I am a vegetarian because I feel that hurting animals is bad and eating them is unimaginable,” says Byadigera. “I spread awareness of the reasons why people should become vegetarian.”
In addition to causing animas to suffer 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 PETAIndia.com. 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.