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Former Folsom resident up for national 'sexy' vegan title

By: Staff report
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A Folsom native could win a national animal protection group’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door title.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is holding their Sexiest Vegan Next Door 2013 contest and 24-year-old Delaney Page, who grew up in Folsom, could take home the grand prize. Page has beaten out hundreds of other entrants from across the U.S. to become one of 10 female contestants to advance to the final round. Two winners (one male and one female) will each receive a free vacation for two to Hawaii, courtesy of HumaneTrip.com. Although the annual contest dates back to 2004, this is the first year that participants must be vegan, according to organizers.

“Going vegan can help make you feel better on the inside, look better on the outside, and save more than 100 animals a year from the violence of factory farms, slaughterhouses, and fishing nets,” said PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Lindsay Rajt. “On average, vegans are fitter and trimmer than meat-eaters are, and that makes them sexier, too.”

Delaney, who lives in Altamonte Springs with her husband and their cat, Bagheera, went vegetarian five years ago to help recover from a severe car accident which left her with multiple broken bones and deep, painful tissue injuries. She said the new diet helped alleviate her pain.

“It was absolutely amazing,” she said.

Alicia Silverstone’s “The Kind Diet” — as well as her younger sister, a dedicated animal advocate — persuaded her to go vegan not only for health reasons, but also to protect animals. Now, Delaney credits vegan meals with the energy that allows her to work out with her husband and play soccer several times a week.

Voting for the finalists to help PETA determine the winners ends at 9 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on May 3. PETA will select winners based on several factors, including vote count. Winners will be notified and announced by May 9.

For more information and to cast a vote, visit http://features.peta.org/sexiest-vegan-next-door/Finalists.aspx.