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News - May 18, 2012

Around Town

ONE SEXY VEGGIE ... Joanna Jackson, a native of Palo Alto, was raised a vegetarian and serves as an ideal model for a meatless lifestyle. No, literally, she's a model, a triathlete and music buff. Jackson is one of the 10 female finalists in the national "sexiest vegetarian next door contest" sponsored by the nonprofit group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). If her vegetarian/athlete/model credentials aren't enough to make people feel guilty about their own lifestyles, a PETA press release stated that Jackson adopted an herbivore's diet because it "helps stop animal suffering, safeguards one's health, and helps protect the Earth." Add compassionate environmentalist to the list. As its contest name would suggest, the competition plays out like an online beauty pageant, in which the entrants may only be vegans or vegetarians and are judged by PETA based on their "sexiness." While few people would accuse PETA of objectifying participants like pieces of meat, it bears mentioning that the organization also judges based on votes from the public and "the enthusiasm demonstrated by entrants in living and promoting a vegetarian lifestyle." Voting for the contest has already ended, and the winners for the male and female categories will be announced Monday, May 21. The two winners will be awarded a trip to Hawaii, where they presumably will not be sampling the local luau's slow-cooked kalua pig.

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