PETA has more high-profile celebrity dollars rolling in these days than the collection plate at the Church of Scientology. Take, for instance, PETAâ€™s annual Sexiest Vegetarian contest.
As we’ve written before, these “animal-lovers” line up dozens of celebs for an online vote and advertise the heck out of the promotion. Almost every celebrity entered tweets or posts to Facebook in support of the effort, further widening PETAâ€™s pop culture reach. Itâ€™s that reach and committed advocacy that sets this anti-hunting group apart from their opponents. While many high-profile athletes, politicians and country singers kill animals and eat meat, few take their passions to the airwaves with as much tenacity as PETAâ€™s Tinseltown followers. Those that doâ€”including former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryanâ€” are often met with public pushback. That needs to change.
That’s where our Sexiest Meat Eater competition comes in.
Last year over 2,000 hunters voted and Kristy Lee Cook and the Trump brothers took home the crown for sexiest male and female meat eaters. This year we’re back to make the same statement. In our second annual ode to protein pioneers, we’re putting 16 more steak-loving role models up for your vote. The winners get well, nothing, other than our undying affection and the chance to tell every PETA member where they can shove their celery. See if Kristy and the Trumps can defend their crowns.
Click through the photos, learn more about these meat-loving idols and cast your vote below for your favorite male and female. Winners will be selected on Aug. 7.
Sexiest Moment: When the hunting industry boycotted the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show over the event's AR ban, Tiffany was one of the personalities taking a stand, saying in a joint statement with Lee, "We canâ€™t support a show that doesnâ€™t completely support the Second Amendment... Anyone who believes this isnâ€™t a big deal is wrong. It is a big deal because this is where it starts. Thereâ€™s a reason for the Second Amendment and we all need to band together and stand behind it." 'Atta girl.
Sexiest Moment: His theme song says it all.
â€”Photo by David Seto
Sexiest Moment: Of course, any time someone like Cook gets a show that involves harvesting some tasty, tasty backstraps, someone's going to get their Pampers in a bunch. PETA recommendedâ€”after saying Cook was persuing her "15 minutes of shame"â€”Cook should follow other American Idol personalities like Kellie Pickler, Carrie Underwood and Simon Cowell, who are all gung-ho for PETA and soy, but Cook took a classy high road by replying, "Given that hunters have done more for American wildlife conservation than any other group in history, I make no apology for being one." No wonder she won our Sexiest Female Meat Eater in 2012.
Sexiest Moment: The Trump Brothers' much-publicized African safari earned the ire of much of the Western world. From PETA to the national media, folks were up in arms over the Trumps taking all sorts of African big game, including a leopard, an elephant and a Cape buffalo, to name a few. Never mind the fact that the hunt was perfectly legal, and the meat went to local villages. No doubt, the Trumps were well-deserving of our Sexiest Male Meat Eater award in 2012.
Sexiest Moment: Take your pick. From bison pizza to oryx fajitas, Pellegrini's delicious wild game recipes have our would-be male suitors shopping for engagement rings.
Sexiest Moment: This video. 'Nuff said.
Sexiest Moment: Heath, a fifth generation hunter, was the first woman to receive The Sportsman Channelâ€™s Viewer Favorite award and continues to put family values and the outdoors in the spotlight.
Sexiest Moment: He actually took Adam Levine, fellow Hollywood-type and judge from the famed talent show The Voice, duck hunting on his place in Oklahoma. Of course, Levine chickened out and didn't go through with the kill, but at least our boy Blake is giving his best effort to convert Tinseltown wussies.
Sexiest Moment: It's not hard to find a sexy moment for Lawrence, but we're constantly in awe of how many folks she has brought to bowhunting and archery just by playing the arrow slinging protagonist Katniss Everdeen so very well.
Sexiest Moment: Tuck joined up with our friends at Bowhunter to arrow a few javelina in south Texas, and proved to be just as fearsome in the field as he is at MetLife Stadium. â€”Photo by Daniela Farrera
Sexiest Moment: How a man can look so good and hail from a town called Booger Bottom, Ga., is a mystery to all of us, but we salute you nonetheless, Mr. Waddell.
Sexiest Moment: Be it rabbit, deer or even snake, Longoria says she can shoot it, skin it and cook it up by suppertime. Now that's one hard-working Housewife.
â€”Photo by The Associated Press
Sexiest Moment: Posing with his compound bow in his Washington office was enough to get hunting gals all hot and bothered. Throw in the photos of Ryan and his quarry, and the ladies were sent into a frenzy.
â€”Photo by Gage Skidmore
Sexiest Moment: You're looking at it. Bachman's bowfishing blog remains one of the all-time most popular Petersen's Hunting articles, though we're still trying to figure out exactly why.
Sexiest Moment: Never has a duck hunter looked better than when Willie modeled the fictional Carrot Call while taking a jab at anti-hunting singer Morrissey on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Sexiest Moment: Being a strong, supportive wife and mother to a group of burly, bearded, duck-huntin' so-and-so's is enough to get outdoorsmen across the country searching for their own Miss Kay. Kudos to you, ma'am. Here's hoping we can get our hands on a jar of your famous homemade jam.