Newcastle Firefighter Named UK’s Hottest Vegan

For Immediate Release:

21 June 2016


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PETA’s Top Honour Goes to Plant-Based Geordie Man  

Newcastle – An impressive combination of charm, physical fitness and compassion for animals has secured Newcastle firefighter Anthony Welsh, 26, the top honours in PETA’s UK and Ireland’s Hottest Vegan Competition 2016.











Welsh is a firefighter, technician and model. He went vegan five years ago after some research online made him aware of the cruelty involved in eating and wearing animals. “I had a sudden awakening to how bizarre it was that humans … showed affection to household pets but consumed other animals”, he says. “I realised I could not put my money into such a business that exploits, tortures and kills innocent, beautiful beings.” Welsh plays drums and loves to travel. In addition to promoting vegan living on social media, he also wears apparel with a vegan message to the gym to show how fit and healthy you can be on a plant-based diet.

“The two winners are as attractive on the inside as they are on the outside because they’ve chosen a lifestyle that’s kind to animals, the planet and their own health.”, says PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi.

Welsh will receive a one-night stay for two at the luxury boutique hotel La Suite West in London, which will include a vegan breakfast as well as a dinner prepared by vegan Head Chef Nik Heartland at its restaurant, RAW.

Anthony Welsh is available for interviews. Photos of him are available here, here, here and here.

PETA selected the winners based on several factors, including vote count. See full contest details here. For more information and to order a free vegan starter kit or take PETA’s 30-day vegan pledge, please visit