101-Year-Old Hong Kong Marathoner Fauja Singh Becomes PETA’S Vegetarian Poster Boy
Centenarian Athlete Joins Paul McCartney and Maggie Q in Ad Series
For Immediate Release:
21 February 2013
Hong Kong – After scoring numerous world records, 101-year-old runner Fauja Singh finds himself with another first: he’s the oldest person to be featured in a PETA ad campaign! Singh has joined the ranks of celebrities such as Paul McCartney and Maggie Q who have appeared in vegetarian ads for PETA. The ad features him mid-stride and reads, “I Am Fauja Singh, and I Am a Vegetarian. 101-Year-Young Marathon Runner and World Recordholder”. Singh rediscovered his passion for distance running at age 81 and credits his vegetarian diet with giving him his awe-inspiring stamina and longevity. On 24 February, Singh is going to run the Hong Kong marathon.
“Fauja’s vitality is an inspiring demonstration of the positive effects that a vegetarian diet can have on our physical and mental well-being”, says PETA Asia Vice President Jason Baker. “A meat-free diet reduces our chances of developing life-threatening illnesses and also, as Fauja demonstrates, helps us live longer!”
“We all need a balanced and wholesome diet. It doesn’t matter how nice to look at or sweet food is – if your body can’t digest it, why eat it?” says Singh. “In many parts of the world, people are dying because of starvation, whilst others are dying because of overeating. My solution is just to eat what my body needs.”
Eating animal products has been conclusively linked to heart disease, diabetes, strokes, obesity and cancer. Vegans and vegetarians are much fitter and trimmer, on average, than meat-eaters are. The meat industry also causes animals on factory farms unimaginable suffering, as they are crammed by the thousands into filthy and windowless sheds, wire cages, farrowing crates and other confinement systems.
Other celebrities who have teamed up with PETA or its affiliates to promote a vegetarian diet include Alec Baldwin, Louis Cheung, Bryan Adams and mixed martial arts superstar Jake Shields.