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

For Immediate Release:
14 October 2016

Abhishek Chaturvedi  [email protected]
Manoj Chaturvedi  [email protected]
KajalVerma [email protected]
Allankrita Sarkar  [email protected]
Shambhavi Tiwari  [email protected]

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

Lucknow– As People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s 2016 Cutest Vegetarian Next Door contest heats up, Abhishek Chaturvedi, Manoj Chaturvedi, KajalVerma, and Allankrita Sarkar –all of whom are from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh –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 helpit 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 care about animals, and I don’t want to contribute to their suffering”, Abhishek Chaturvedi explains.

“I am vegetarian since my birth”, says Manoj Chaturvedi.”I love animals, and I can feel their pain.”

“What I love about being a vegetarian is that I feel pure by body and soul”, Verma says “I do not eat anything that is made by slaughtering innocent lives.”

“I am a vegetarian since I was in class sixth [when] I saw a chicken being weighted down to cut at a nearby meat shop”, says Sarkar.

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 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.