For Immediate Release:

4 October 2018

Kelly Benson Wins Prize Package Worth Hundreds of Dollars

Newcastle – An impressive combination of charm, animal activism, and compassion has secured Kelly Benson, a semi-professional rugby player from Newcastle, the top honours in PETA’s Australia’s Hottest Vegan Competition 2018. He has received a three-month Vegan Mystery Box subscription from The Cruelty Free Shop, a 12-month subscription to The Australian Vegan Magazine, and a six-week online vegan wellness course with health coach Paige Renshaw of The Whole Connection.

A photo is available here.

Benson transformed his health and appearance when he started eating vegan to cure his sleep apnoea, inflammation, and skin problems. “[Eating vegan] has been vital for my performance and recovery [while] playing rugby league semi-professionally. But primarily it’s best for the animals, the environment, and for people’s health,” he says. “I’ve planted many seeds in minds of footy mates in my team about [the] benefits of a plant-based diet. I get asked a lot of questions about what I consume to maintain muscle and strength.”

“Kelly Benson is living proof that a clear conscience and a compassionate heart are the hidden ingredients of hotness,” says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “PETA encourages everyone inspired by his integrity and vitality to follow his lead and give going vegan a try.”

PETA selected two winners – one male and one female – based on several factors, including their activism for animals. See the full contest details here.

Benson is available for interviews. For more information or to order a free vegan starter kit, please visit