Hitchin Woman Crowned PETA’s ‘Most Beautiful Vegan Over 50’

Hitchin Woman Crowned PETA’s ‘Most Beautiful Vegan Over 50’

Hitchin – An impressive combination of dedication, animal activism, and compassion – not to mention a generous number of votes – has secured Julie Zirngast the title in PETA’s UK and Ireland’s Most Beautiful Vegan Over 50 Competition. Zirngast will receive a decadent vegan food hamper from Fortnum & Mason, including a bottle of the finest vegan prosecco.

Alongside her jobs as a client care manager for a law firm and yoga teacher, Zirngast rescued three lambs and 45 turkeys from slaughter at local farms. And her energy and drive don’t stop there – she’s also run six marathons.



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“Julie is a passionate, dedicated animal advocate whose action for animals is both tenacious and inspiring,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “PETA encourages everyone inspired by her kindness and vigor to follow her lead and give going vegan a try.”

In addition to each saving nearly 200 animals per year, vegans are less prone to suffering from heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity than meat-eaters are and help prevent future epidemics and pandemics. COVID-19 originated in a “wet market”, where live and dead animals were sold for human consumption, and deadly outbreaks of swine flu, avian flu, SARS, HIV, foot-and-mouth disease, mad cow disease, and other diseases have stemmed from confining and killing animals for food.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview – offers a free vegan starter kit, available here, full of recipes, tips, and more.

Zirngast is available for interviews. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk or follow the group on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


Sascha Camilli +44 (0) 20 7923 6244; [email protected]