Two Kolkata Women Finalists in PETA’s ‘Hottest Vegetarian Next Door’ Contest

For Immediate Release:
22 November 2012

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Bhuvaneshwari Gupta; [email protected]

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

Kolkata – The competition to be named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s Hottest Vegetarian Next Door is heating up, and one of two Kolkata residents, either 20-year-old Vinita Kumar or 17-year-old Vedanshi Tulshyan, may just take home the prize. That’s because Vinita and Vedanshi have beaten out hundreds of other entrants from across India to become two of 10 female contestants to advance to the final round. Two winners (one female and one male) will be crowned PETA’s hottest vegetarians, and both will be featured on PETA’s website and receive a sash and a trophy.

“On average, vegetarians are slimmer and healthier than meat-eaters are – and they save many animals a year from factory farms, slaughterhouses and fishing nets”, says PETA India nutritionist Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “One look at our radiant finalists proves that there’s nothing sexier than compassion.”

Says Vinita, “A vegetarian diet not only saves thousands of animals’ lives but also saves you from being a part of the cruel meat industry. Animal agriculture is one of the major causes of climate change, studies say”. Adds Vedanshi, “Being a veggie helps save our humanity. It doesn’t hurt animals and makes our planet a better place to live”.

In addition to causing animal suffering on a massive scale, eating meat and dairy products 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”.

The deadline for voting is 5:30 pm on 25 November. The winners will be named on 26 November.

PETA will select the winners based on several factors, including vote count. The full contest details are available on

All visitors to PETA’s website can vote for their favourite finalists to help PETA decide who should be crowned the winners.