For Immediate Release:
22 October 2014
Kicking the Meat Habit Has 10 Men and 10 Women Sizzling With Passion and Compassion
Jalandhar – As People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s Cutest Vegetarian Next Door contest heats up, 22-year-old Simran Kaur of Jalandhar may just take home the prize. That’s because she has 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) Cutest Vegetarian 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 to help PETA decide whom 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.”
“Eating animals is not our necessity – there are so many other options. Then why do we eat them?” Kaur asks. For her, the biggest benefit of being a vegetarian is not being “the cause of suffering of innocent animals”. She is planning to go vegan soon.
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 is 30 October. The winners will be chosen by PETA based on several factors, including vote count, and will be named on 1 November. See full contest details here.