Jude Law And Amanda Holden Voted Britain’S ‘Sexiest Vegetarians Alive’ In PETA Poll

For Immediate Release:
15 July 2003

Sean Gifford 020 7357 9229, ext. 226; [email protected]
Dawn Carr 020 7357 9229, ext. 224

London – British heartthrobs Jude Law and Amanda Holden have been voted the United Kingdom’s sexiest vegetarians in PETA’s 2003 ‘Sexiest Vegetarians Alive’ poll. But it was Hollywood Homicide hunk Josh Hartnett and model and first niece Lauren Bush who took overall top honours in the PETA.org worldwide poll that lasted more than one month. This year’s winners narrowly edged out a host of other vegetarian hotties, including Pamela Anderson, John Corbett, Common, Kelly Osbourne and Russell Simmons and previous winners Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman and Shania Twain. The voting was fierce, and other Brits who made a strong showing were Sadie Frost, Chris Martin, Joanna Lumley and Sir Ian McKellen.

Celebrities cite many reasons for forgoing flesh foods, from avoiding the cruelty to animals that is inherent in meat production to improving their health and energy levels to helping the environment by not contributing to factory-farming pollution.

Vegetarian since the age of 13, British winner Amanda Holden openly attributes her radiant sparkle to a strict vegetarian diet. ‘Going vegetarian is good for your heart, good for your health—and of course it’s good for animals!’ said Amanda, who appeared in a sexy pro-vegetarian advert in 2001, wearing a figure-hugging dress made from leaves of fresh lettuce.

Hartnett’s decision to go meat-free came several years ago and happened in an instant. ‘One day I was cutting up a chicken for my mom, and I hit a tumour with the knife’, Hartnett said. ‘There was pus and blood all over the place. That was enough for me.’

Bush, the face of Tommy Hilfiger and the niece of the U.S. president, has been a vegetarian since the age of 4 and is passionate about animal-protection issues. Last Thanksgiving, she told friends that she’d contribute a pie to the family meal but would not cook stuffing for the turkey, saying, ‘I am a vegetarian. I won’t do anything that has to do with the turkey’.

For more information and a complete list of the more than 180 vegetarian celebs who were in the running in this year’s poll, please visit PETAUK.org.