For Immediate Release:

18 September 2018

Finalists in PETA Contest Will Battle for Top Honours and Prize Package Worth Hundreds of Dollars

Melbourne – What does Melbourne local Abdullah Azhar have in common with Joaquin Phoenix, Liam Hemsworth, and David Campbell? They’re all sizzling, sexy vegans! The refugee from war-torn Afghanistan beat out numerous other entrants to become one of four male finalists in PETA’s Australia’s Hottest Vegan Competition 2018.

The photo is available here.

The Melbourne-based electrician adopted a vegan lifestyle after having a nightmare in which he was a cow in an abattoir, an experience he describes as paralysing. The sparkie is now a shining light for animals and is constantly involved in animal activism. “[Being vegan is] better for our health, it’s better for the planet, and it’s better for the animals,” he says.

“There’s nothing more attractive than someone who is committed to helping animals and the environment, and it doesn’t hurt that vegans are, on average, healthier and more energetic than their meat-eating peers,” says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “Each one of the finalists in PETA’s contest is a living example of the strength and vitality that can come from vegan eating.”

To see photographs and biographies of all the belles and beaux selected as finalists, click here. The two winners of the annual contest – modelled, in part, after PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Celebrities contest, which has honoured actor Liam Hemsworth, Today Extra host David Campbell, Olympian Morgan Mitchell, and reality star Courtney Act – will each receive a total prize package valued at over $600. The package includes a three-month Vegan Mystery Box subscription from The Cruelty Free Shop, a 12-month subscription to The Australian Vegan Magazine, and either a six-week online vegan wellness course with health coach Paige Renshaw of The Whole Connection or a Luna & Soul Active yoga set and a Holster shoe voucher.

This year’s winners will be chosen based on several factors, including their activism for animals, and will be announced by 13 October. See the full contest details here.

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