Kolkata Residents are Finalist in PETA’s ‘Cutest Vegetarian Next Door’ Contest

For Immediate Release:
17 October 2016

Ritu Jain   [email protected]
Upasana Mukherjee  [email protected]
Vedanshi Tulshyan [email protected]
Shambhavi Tiwari  [email protected]

Kicking the Meat Habit Has Made 10 Men and 10 Women Sizzle With Passion – and Compassion

Kolkata – As People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s 2016 Cutest Vegetarian Next Door contest heats up, Ritu Jain, Upasana Mukherjee, or Vedanshi Tulshyan – all of whom are from Kolkata, West Bengal – may just take home the prize. They’ve beaten out hundreds of other contestants from across India to be among the 20 finalists to advance to the last round. PETA will ultimately crown two winners, one man and one woman, the 2016 Cutest Vegetarians Next Door – and members of the public can help it choose by voting for their favourite finalists on PETA’s website.

“On average, vegetarians are slimmer and healthier than meat-eaters – and over their lifetime, they spare many animals the horrors of factory farms, slaughterhouses, and fishing nets”, says PETA nutritionist Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “One look at our radiant finalists confirms that there’s nothing more attractive than compassion.”

“I am a vegetarian because I don’t like to kill someone for our food and vegetarian foods are much healthier than non veg”, says Jain. “I have been a vegetarian since birth.”

“I am a pure vegetarian since I was 3 and a half years old – even being born in a hard-core non-veg family – because I could never accept the fact that we need to eat a living being as food”, Mukherjee explains.

“I am vegetarian since I was born and the reason behind it is that I see [animals]  as my friends, as [other] living beings”, Tulshyan says. “The best part about being a vegetarian is that you go to bed with a satisfaction and a nice feeling of saving lives, without any guilt.”

In addition to causing animal suffering on a massive scale, eating meat and dairy foods has been conclusively linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. Also, a United Nations report concluded that animal agriculture is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global”.

Voting will be open to the public until 28 October, and the winners will be announced on 2 November.

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com. 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.