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Two Jaipur Men are Finalists in PETA's 'Hottest Vegetarian Next Door' Contest

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

For Immediate Release:
1 November 2012

Contact:
Benazir Suraiya +91 9004547382; BenazirS@petaindia.org
Bhuvaneshwari Gupta 022 40727382; GuptaB@petaindia.org


Jaipur – The competition to be named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India's Hottest Vegetarian Next Door is heating up, and either 21-year-old Karn Gupta or 19-year-old Siddhant Mehta, both of Jaipur, could take home the prize. That's because they have beaten out hundreds of other entrants from across India to become two of 10 male contestants to advance to the final round. Two winners (one male and one female) will be crowned PETA's hottest vegetarians, and each 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 more than 100 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 Karn, "The amount of natural resources used to raise poultry animals is so huge that it could be used to feed millions of hungry humans". And why did Siddhant go vegetarian? "Meat production causes severe damage to the environment. With a greener diet, we can make a difference at every single meal simply by leaving animals off our plates."

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 UN
 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 16th November. The winners will be named on 26th November.

PETA will select winners based on several factors, including vote count. The full contest details are available on the group's website, PETAIndia.com.

PETA will select winners based on several factors, including vote count. The full contest details are available on its website and all visitors to PETA's website can vote for their favourite finalists to help PETA decide who should be crowned the winners.

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