For Immediate Release:
25 May 2017

Melbourne Animal Lover and Fitness Enthusiast Scoops Up Prize in PETA Contest

Melbourne – After entering a PETA competition which attracted hundreds of entrants from across Australia, Akshay Anthony from Gowanbrae has been crowned Victoria’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door! His toned physique caught the judges’ eyes, but it was his explanation for why he doesn’t eat animals that showed that kindness is the sexiest quality of all.

“I am vegan because I believe that all living things were made to share this world equally,” Anthony says. “I love animals so much, and I know that even one person can make a change in the world. Animals are friends, not food!”

The contest – modelled after PETA’s iconic Sexiest Vegan Celebrity contest, which has featured stars such as Today Extra‘s David Campbell, Olympian Morgan Mitchell, and model Bridget Malcolm – shows that gorgeous men and women who are meat-, dairy-, and egg-free can be found all over Australia, which last year topped Google Trends data for searches of the word “vegan”.

“A fit body, a healthy heart, and a clear conscience are just some of the benefits of eating vibrant plant-based meals,” says PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Ashley Fruno. “Akshay is a testament to how sexy vegans are – inside and out.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that, while vegans obviously have big hearts, studies show that they have healthier ones, too. In addition to slashing their risk of developing heart disease, they’re less prone to suffering from cancer, diabetes, and obesity. They’re also more likely to find love on Tinder and less likely to come up short in the bedroom, since the cholesterol and saturated fat in meat and other animal-derived foods can clog arteries and slow the flow of blood to all the body’s organs.

Anthony will receive a slew of prizes, including a PETA T-shirt, a Kind Cartel tote, and a voucher for Wombat Cafe.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.