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2015's Hottest Celebrity Vegetarians Announced!


30 SEPTEMBER 2015 | MEDIA RELEASE
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2015's Hottest Celebrity Vegetarians Announced!

Summer is not even here yet, but things are heating up with New Zealand’s 2015 hottest vegetarian celebrities being announced!

To mark the start of World Vegetarian Month this October, SAFE has awarded the title of New Zealand’s hottest vegetarian celebrities to two deserving winners: director James Cameron and television presenter and journalist Samantha Hayes.

World Vegetarian Day, 1st October, is the beginning of a month-long event encouraging people around the world, including compassionate Kiwis, to try out a meat-free way of life, just like our hottest vegetarians.

Director James Cameron’s critically acclaimed film Titanic was the highest grossing film of all time. It was then surpassed by Avatar. Cameron has a deep respect for nature and, after filming Avatar in New Zealand, fell in love with the country and decided to live here. He has since opened a vegan café in the Wairarapa. After adopting his vegan diet, he said, “By changing what you eat, you will change the entire contract between the human species and the natural world”.

Television presenter and journalist Samantha Hayes first adopted vegetarianism as a child. She is most recently known for her work on late night news bulletin Newsworthy. Previously named Auckland’s sexiest woman, she hails from small town Milton.

Other close contenders who made the short list include musicians Lisa Crawley, Benny Tipene, Gin Wigmore and Jesse Cooper, and television presenter Suzanne Paul. 2014’s winners were director James Napier Robertson and actor Anna Paquin.

Last October, over 500 people committed to Go Veg for a month, preventing an estimated 4000 animals from being eaten.

“People are becoming more aware of where their meals come from and about the cruelty involved in raising animals for food,” says SAFE’s head of campaigns Mandy Carter. “Animal lovers can help all animals by joining us for Go Veg month.”

SAFE is urging the public to take the 30-day Go Veg challenge atwww.goveg.org.nz. SAFE is offering help and support with delicious recipes, helpful tips and lots of information on how to live a healthy and compassionate life.


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