Pune Residents Become 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

Pune – As People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s Cutest Vegetarian Next Door contest heats up, 17-year-old Vaibhavi Lonkar, 22-year-old Sumit Nemmaniwar or 23-year-old Vaibhav Viswanath – all of whom are from Pune – may just take home the prize. That’s because they have 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.”

Lonkar says, “I want to make a difference in the lives of animals with every single meal”. Nemmaniwar says that he was “born in a family where not eating meat is considered quite abnormal” and “I enjoyed eating fish, prawns and especially chicken until the age of 16. Then, slowly, I started realising the need and benefits of living a vegetarian life”. And Viswanath remarks, “I am a vegetarian for now [and] will become a vegan soon. … I cannot let my stomach be a graveyard for poor animals. I want this oppression [of animals] to end”.

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 PETAIndia.com. 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.