Location: County Kildare, Ireland
This bubbly blonde knew from an early age that she wanted nothing to do with cruelty to animals. She stopped eating meat when she was just 9 years old and decided to ditch all animal products from her diet when she was 18 because, as she says, "all animals feel pain just like we do and can feel fear and contentment. I do not want to be the reason for an animal suffering". She'd much rather whip up a healthy fruit salad than support an industry that subjects billions of animals to mutilations, injuries and a terrifying death.
Lovely Laura's commitment to helping animals doesn't end with her vegan lifestyle. From volunteering at animal shelters when she was younger and saving the lives of kittens and puppies to protesting against the cruel live export of cattle outside the Department of Agriculture in Dublin, she's proud to put her compassionate principles into action whenever she can.
Laura's also a fun-loving girl whose hobbies include nightclubbing, watching films, shopping and travelling – activities that she enjoys all the more because she knows that she has no blood on her hands. Follow in this Irish beauty's footsteps by cutting cruelty out of your diet – order our free vegetarian/vegan starter kit today.
Location: Hertfordshire, England
Personal trainer Toby's rippling muscles certainly impressed the voters and judges – especially as they're powered by plants!
As a fitness professional, Toby began to question the misleading messages that promote meat consumption and to think about where his food was coming from and how animals suffer on factory farms. He soon realised that a cruelty-free lifestyle was the right choice for his conscience and his body and describes going vegan as one of the "most rewarding" things that you can do.
Since swapping meat, dairy products and eggs for energy-packed meals such as his favourite breakfast of oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, berries, bananas, oat milk and cinnamon, the hunky feller has gone from strength to strength and isn't afraid to shout about it. He uses his personal-training business to spread the vegan message on a daily basis, letting all his clients know about the health benefits of a plant-based diet.
This caring family man also puts his six-pack to good use – in 2012, he raised money for the charity Whizz-Kidz by doing 1,000 pull-ups, and he has plans to fundraise for the RSPCA later this year.
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Winners were selected by PETA based on several factors, including vote count. Full details here.