Nagpur Resident is Finalist in PETA’s ‘Cutest Vegetarian Next Door’ Contest

For Immediate Release:
21 October 2015

Bhuvaneshwari Gupta; [email protected]
Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]

Kicking the Meat Habit Has 10 Men and 10 Women Sizzling With Passion and Compassion

Nagpur – As People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s Cutest Vegetarian Next Door contest heats up, 24-year-old Vishal Rathod of Nagpur, Maharashtra, may just take home the prize. That’s because he 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. All visitors to PETA’s website can vote for their favourite finalists in order 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 spare countless animals the horrors of 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.”

Rathod says, “I just hate when people kill animals to eat [them]. … I saw a shopkeeper killing a chicken, and … I [turned] vegetarian”.

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 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”.

Voting to help PETA decide whom it should choose as the winners ends on 28 October. The winners will be named on 2 November.

For more information, please visit To see all the finalists’ photos and comments – and to vote in the contest – please click here. Winners will ultimately be selected by PETA based on several factors, including vote count. Read the full contest details here.