Entertainment behind the scenes
An animal rights group’s annual contest to root out the sexiest female vegetarian in Asia has pounced on its first prey in Taiwan, offering the winner dubious publicity in her rabidly carniverous homeland.
Taiwan TV and film actress Barbie Hsu, 32, beat 200 other contestants in the fifth online voter poll by People for the Ethnical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a U.S.-based advoacy group also known for shocking socially conservative Asian cities with anti-meat or anti-fur street protests starring nearly naked activists in lettuce-leaf loincloths or covered up by little more than a protest sign (see below for a photo of Mia Gray, Miss Eurasia 2008).
Hsu, best known for her roles in TV series such as Mars and Meteor Garden, got 1,346 votes in the female category. Bollywood star Shahid Kapoor was voted Asia’s sexiest vegetarian man.
“I think we should respect the life of all species, a dog, a person,” PETA quoted Hsu as saying. “Lives are equal, eating meat is like eating corpses to me, and it makes me feel sick and sad.”
Animal rights group PETA has come up with a novel way of encouraging a major music star to give up fur. In a letter written last week, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk offered to pay Aretha Franklin’s back taxes and fees on her Detroit mansion in return for going fur-free. The soul legend owes $19,192 on the property and could face foreclosure proceedings, a county official said earlier this month.
Newkirk’s letter says animals trapped in the wild can suffer for days, and die in a number of grisly ways on their way to becoming coats and other fashion acccesories.