Pune Residents are Finalists in PETA India’s ‘Cutest Vegetarian Next Door’ Contest

For Immediate Release:
26 September 2018


Urrjeta Dande; [email protected]

Punit Beri; [email protected]

Garima Jain; [email protected]

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

Pune – As People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s 2018 Cutest Vegetarian Next Door contest heats up, Urrjeta Dande and Punit Beri of Pune are in the running to take home the title. They’ve beaten out hundreds of other contestants from across India to land a place among the 20 finalists. PETA India will ultimately crown two winners – one man and one woman – and members of the public can help the group choose by voting for their favourite finalists on its website.

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

“I see no difference between human and animal emotions, and if we deserve justice, peace, and happiness, then so do animals,” says Dande. “I have been a vegetarian for the past 15 years, since I visited a slaughterhouse.”

“I was a hard-core meat-eater,” says Beri.”I used to call myself an animal lover, until I saw a lot of undercover videos of factory farms and slaughterhouses on PETA’s Facebook page, which made me question my meat-eating habits. I quit meat overnight and gradually reduced my dairy consumption to zero. I have been an active part of vegan outreach and silent protests. Following me, my family has also gone vegan!”

In addition to causing animals to suffer on a massive scale, eating meat has been conclusively linked to an increased risk of suffering from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. Also, a United Nations report concluded that factory farming is one of the biggest contributors to the most serious environmental problems at every level – from local to global.

Voting will be open to the public until 29 September, and the winners will be announced on 3 October.

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com. To see all the finalists’ photos and comments – and vote for your favourites – please click here. PETA India will select the winners based on several factors, including vote count. Read the full contest details here.