For Immediate Release:
25 May 2017

Perth High School Teacher Scoops Up Top Prize in PETA Contest

Perth – After entering a PETA competition which attracted hundreds of entrants from across Australia, Port Kennedy teacher Dean Tyrrell has been crowned Australia’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door! His toned physique caught the judges’ eyes, but it was the story about his dog Nala – who inspired him to be kind to all animals – that proved that kindness is the sexiest quality of all.

“She [Nala] inspired me … to better understand the inhumane treatment of animals, [so] I decided to go vegan,” Tyrrell says. “Teaching environmental science and health in high school has enabled me to inspire (or at least try to) many others along the way. Going vegan made me a kinder, more caring person, physically more fit and spiritually more grounded. All thanks to a gorgeous little Lab who changed my life.”

The contest – modelled after PETA’s iconic Sexiest Vegan Celebrity contest, which has featured stars such as Perth-born 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. “Dean 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.

Tyrrell will be treated to a weekend getaway at The Beet Retreat and a six-month mystery-box subscription from The Cruelty Free Shop.

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