Miss United Kingdom Universe: 'Make Going Vegetarian Your Number One New Year's Resolution'
It wasn't a swimsuit competition, but PETA supporter and Miss United Kingdom
Universe Brooke Johnston did sport a bikini – of lettuce leaves – when she posed for PETA's latest advertisement urging people to try vegetarianism.
A long-time vegetarian, Ms Johnston wants to share her secret for inner and outer beauty and for having a pageant-ready body year-round: a vegetarian diet. Eating green, she says, is "really easy and delicious, and it can make a big change in how you feel about yourself and your energy levels".
How would you feel, Ms Johnston asks in her exclusive interview with PETA, if the appalling treatment that animals killed for food endure was inflicted upon "your dog or cat or your own child"?
And the Winner Is ... You!
Want to lose weight this year? Want to see a healthy new you? Want to stop needless animal suffering? Then put this at the top of your list: go vegetarian! No other single step will make you feel better, reduce your risk of debilitating diseases and help save thousands of animals all at the same time.
Meat, dairy products and eggs – all of which are packed with cholesterol and saturated fat – are major culprits in the obesity epidemic, which contributes to the UK's top killers: heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and cancer. Meat-eaters are 50 per cent more likely to suffer from heart disease. In a study by Oxford University, researchers found that vegan men weighed, on average, 5.9 kg less and that vegan women weighed 4.7 kg less than their meat-eating counterparts.
Eating meat also means killing animals – 900 million land animals and countless fish are killed for their flesh every year in the UK. Many are raised on filthy, crowded factory farms, where they rarely, if ever, smell fresh air or feel the sun on their backs – until the day they are sent to slaughter.
You Be the Judge
Get started, and make this the one resolution that you'll want to keep – for life. Fill out our form to request a free copy of PETA's colourful "Vegetarian Starter Kit", which is packed full of recipes, tips on making the switch and much more. While you're waiting for it to arrive in the mail, you can view a sneak preview.