It’s Official: These Are the UK’s ‘Hottest Vegans’

For Immediate Release:

3 August 2017


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


PETA’s Top Honour Goes to East Sussex Power Couple

East Sussex – An impressive combination of charm, physical fitness, and compassion for animals has secured Casey Rider, 22, and Mark Goodwin, 34, the top honours in PETA’s UK and Ireland’s Hottest Vegan Competition 2017. The couple, who have been together for a year and a half, will each receive an eight-course vegan taster menu at top London restaurant Gauthier Soho.

Additional photos of Casey are available here, here, and here, and additional photos of Mark are available here, here, and here. A photo of the couple together is also available here.

Casey is a charity worker from Bexhill-on-Sea with a penchant for vegan doughnuts and CrossFit. “Veganism to me means compassion – compassion for everyone, whether they have feet, scales, or feathers,” she says. “Once I discovered veganism, I made a promise to myself that I would not stop sharing and educating people about veganism until every animal is free.”

Eastbourne-based Mark is a fitness instructor. “I went vegan 100 per cent for the animals – overnight!” he says. “I try to use my influence as a fitness coach to inform people that veganism is strong, healthy, and ethical.”

“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 Elisa Allen.

Casey and Mark are available for interviews.

PETA selected the winners based on several factors, including vote count. See the 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