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Jason Velick named PETA's 2011 Sexiest Vegetarian Next Door

Jason, with animal companion.

Jason, with animal companion.

We have a question for Waconia resident David Velick, who's just been named PETA's 2011 Sexiest Vegetarian Next Door: Are those your wife's arms wrapped so lovingly around your neck in the PETA promo photo?

Because if they're not, you may be headed for your animal companion's house. Which would be too bad, seeing as how you've just won a seven-night vacation in Maui for yourself and a friend.

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PETA says 48,000 votes were cast in the competition, and the 36-year-old scientist beat nine other finalists to be crowned the male winner in the competition. He shares the title with a model/photographer/opera singer from Lookout Mountain, Tenn.

As a self-proclaimed expert chef, he is accustomed to wowing friends and family with mouthwatering vegan cuisine. In addition to cooking, he enjoys traveling with his wife, practicing yoga, speaking out against the fur industry and puppy mills, and pampering his three adopted animal companions, Roxy, Ziggy, and Truman. Jason attributes his health, fitness, and energy to his vegan diet. According to Jason, "Nothing is sexier than a compassionate individual," and we couldn't agree more.

We assume that no animals were harmed in the making of the product holding Jason's hair together.