Lara Dutta And Madhavan Take Early Lead In PETA’s Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity Poll

For Immediate Release:
6 December 2010

Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Mumbai – The nominees have not been posted long on, but actors Lara Dutta and R Madhavan have already taken the early lead in PETA India’s annual Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity poll. Running close behind in the race for the title are Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Vidya Balan and Amitabh Bachchan. The poll runs until January 9.

”Going vegetarian is not only a great way to trim your waist, but you will be shrinking your carbon footprint too”, says Dutta. ”I love that my diet is as kind to the planet as it is to animals and my health!”

A vegetarian’s beauty isn’t only skin deep. There’s nothing attractive about supporting the cruel transport and slaughter of animals or increasing one’s risk of heart disease, strokes, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and cancer by eating animal-derived products. Vegetarians also have an advantage in the bedroom because the saturated fat and cholesterol in meat can slow the flow of blood to all the body’s organs, not just the heart.

Madhavan, a longtime PETA supporter, says, “For me, being a vegetarian is about being compassionate. I love animals, so I would never eat them. Having a healthy heart is a great bonus, but I’d rather people think of me as having a good soul and a kind heart.”

Chickens who are raised for their flesh spend their entire short lives in massive sheds with tens of thousands of other birds. Ammonia fumes from their accumulated waste burn their throats and eyes and cause most birds to lose their feathers and develop blistering, ulcerated feet as well as breast and hock burns. Many birds suffer broken wings and legs when they are thrown onto transport trucks for slaughter. Birds then have their throats cut while they are still conscious.

“There’s no hotter combination than passion and compassion”, says PETA India’s chief functionary, Poorva Joshipura. “Who can resist a vegetarian? Vegetarians live longer and are healthier than their meat-eating counterparts, and they have hearts of gold.”

Other top vote getters in the contest so far include Aditi Govitrikar, Dr Shashi Tharoor, Rahul Sharma, Amala Akkineni, Hema Malini, Pankaj Advani, Vivek Oberoi, Mallika Sherawat and Amrita Rao.

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