Sandpoint firefighter is a finalist for “sexiest vegan” in the nation

Sandpoint firefighter is a finalist for “sexiest vegan” in the nation
Sandpoint Firefighter Gwen Le Tutour

PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals– is preparing to crown this year’s “Sexiest Vegan Next Door”–and one Sandpoint firefighter is vying for the title. Gwendal “Gwen” Le Tutour beat out hundreds of other contestants from across the nation to advance to the final round of 10 male and 10 female contestants. Visitors to PETA.org can help pick the winners–one man and one woman–who will each receive a free vacation for two to Maui, Hawaii, courtesy of Humane Travel.

Born in Brittany, France, Le Tutour says he went vegan in 2012 after watching Earthlings while volunteering as a marine engineer with Sea Shepherd–an experience that saw him save 932 whales while working to combat an illegal whaling fleet. Now, he encourages his fellow firefighters to eat more vegan meals and has even persuaded one colleague to go vegan. “I lead by example and focus on the positive rather than on the negative,” he says. “Whether people are motivated to go vegan for their health, the environment, or for the animals, the result is the same in the end: a happier planet.”

When he’s not setting world records by running 100 miles wearing 30 pounds of firefighter gear, selling vegan baked goods at the local farmer’s market alongside his wife, or finalizing plans to open an all-vegan bed and breakfast this summer, Le Tutour can be found promoting the connection between vegan eating and cancer prevention on his social media platforms.

“Whether he’s touting the benefits of vegan eating online or to colleagues at the fire station, Gwendal Le Tutour never stops advocating for animals,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “All the finalists in PETA’s Sexiest Vegan contest prove that a clear conscience and a compassionate heart are the secret ingredients to sexiness.”

Voting to help PETA determine which finalists it should select as the winners ends at 12 noon EDT on May 14. PETA will select the winners based on several factors, including vote count. Winners will be notified and announced on May 21.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat.” For more information and to cast your vote, please click here.