Thanet Teen Advances In ‘Cutest Vegetarian’ PETA2 Us Contest

For Immediate Release:
18 May 2009
Samantha Glover 020 7357 9229, ext 229; [email protected]
Thanet, Kent – What does 15-year-old Thanet resident Yazmeena Vassiliou have in common with record-breaking superstar Leona Lewis? Lewis is a front runner in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Europe’s Sexiest Vegetarian Alive contest, and Yazmeena is one of eight female finalists who have advanced to the second round in the spin-off Cutest Vegetarian Alive contest sponsored by peta2 US – PETA US’ youth division. Yazmeena beat more than 4,000 contestants from across the UK. The quarter-finalists will square off in a series of heats, going head-to-head, and supporters can cast their vote for the hometown favourite at or by clicking here.
Unlike many parents who think they’re doing their child a favour by hiding the truth about where meat comes from, Yazmeena’s mother believes that it’s something children have a right to know. “My mum showed me an image from inside the slaughterhouse when I was 7 years old, and since then even the look of a greasy, fat burger makes me want to hurl and cry”, says Yazmeena. “Absolutely disgusted with the way animals all over are treated! And once I saw that, I researched into it more. I’m completely against animal testing, fur … anything to do with animals being treating in a bad nature.”
Photos and bios of all the finalists can be viewed at The female and male winners will each receive an iPod Touch and an exclusive Cutest Vegetarian Alive T-shirt.
“More and more people are going vegetarian every day, and young people are leading the charge”, says PETA Director Robbie LeBlanc. “It’s no wonder why: on average, vegetarians are slimmer, trimmer and generally healthier than meat-eaters are, so they’re bound to be a lot cuter too! And of course, nothing’s more attractive than a compassionate heart.”
For more information and to vote in the contest, please click here.