For Immediate Release:
8 May 2012
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
Lifelong Vegetarian Remembers Grandfather’s Lasting Words of Wisdom
Surat, Gujarat – The competition to be named PETA US’ Sexiest Vegetarian Next Door is heating up, and 23-year-old Mitul Patel – a Surat native and resident of the US state of Georgia – just may take home the grand prize. He has beaten out hundreds of other entrants from across the US to become one of 10 male contestants to advance to the final round in the contest. Two lucky winners (one male and one female) will each receive a free trip to Hawaii, courtesy of the PETA US Member Advantage Program.
“On average, vegetarians are slimmer and healthier than meat-eaters are – and they save more than 100 animals a year from the violence of factory farms, slaughterhouses and fishing nets”, says PETA India nutritionist Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “One look at the radiant finalists proves that there’s nothing sexier than kindness.”
Patel was born into a vegetarian family in Surat, and as an adult, he has reaffirmed his commitment to a compassionate and healthful vegetarian lifestyle. He has made his grandfather’s words his own personal slogan for why he refuses to eat meat: “It’s not moral or humanlike to kill someone else to fill up your own tummy”. Patel, who is studying to be a pharmacist, says he has always enjoyed good health and been a healthy weight. He enjoys painting, singing, modelling, running, working out and doing yoga. He speaks English, Gujarati and Hindi and can read and write Sanskrit. Out of respect for animals, Patel also avoids leather, fur and any other clothing made from animals.
To see photos of Patel and the other sexy vegetarian finalists, click here. The voting – which can be done on the PETA US website – ends on 14 May, and the two winners will be announced on 21 May.
Three factors will be considered when PETA US chooses the winners: the number of votes received from the public, the enthusiasm demonstrated by the entrants in living and promoting a vegetarian lifestyle, and PETA US’ assessment of the entrants’ attractiveness.
Patel is available for interviews upon request. For more information and to vote in the contest, please visit PETA.org.