Four cute Veg contestants from Lucknow in PETA national contest

Four cute Veg contestants from Lucknow in PETA national contest






Four cute Veg contestants from Lucknow in PETA national contest


Lucknow :  As People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India's 2016 Cutest Vegetarian Next Door contest heats up, Abhishek Chaturvedi, Manoj Chaturvedi, Kajal Verma, and Alankrita Sarkar – all of whom are from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh – could take home the winner's prize. They've beaten out hundreds of other contestants from across India to be among the 20 finalists to advance to the last round. PETA will ultimately crown two winners, one man and one woman, the 2016 Cutest Vegetarians Next Door – and members of the public can help it choose by voting for their favourite finalists on PETA's website. "On average, vegetarians are slimmer and healthier than meat-eaters – and over their lifetime, they spare many animals the horrors of factory farms, slaughterhouses, and fishing nets", says PETA nutritionist Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. "One look at our radiant finalists confirms that there's nothing more attractive than compassion, I am a vegetarian because I care about animals, and I don't want to contribute to their suffering", says Abhishek. "I am vegetarian since my birth, I love animals, and I can feel their pain," says Manoj. "What I love about being a vegetarian is that I feel pure by body and soul," says Kajal. "I do not eat anything that is made by slaughtering innocent lives," she added. "I am a vegetarian since I was in class sixth, when I saw a chicken being weighted down to cut at a nearby meat shop", says Alankrita. 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 animal agriculture 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 will be open to the public until October 28, and the winners will be announced on November 2. PETA will select the winners based on several factors, including vote count.

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