PETA Turkeys: Leona and BrianThey’re two of the most accomplished stars in their respective fields, and now BAFTA Award winner Thandie Newton and former World Heavyweight Champion David Haye have another accolade to their names – ‘sexiest vegan celebrities’.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – has named the pair its Sexiest Vegan Celebrities of 2014. Haye went vegan at the beginning of this year and was immediately open about his reasons for doing so.

“I watched a TV documentary about how animals are farmed, killed and prepared for us to eat, I saw all those cows and pigs and realised I couldn’t be a part of it any more. It was horrible. I did some research to make sure I could still obtain enough protein to fight and, once satisfied that I could, I stopped. I’ll never go back.” – David Haye

Previous winners of PETA UK’s Sexiest Vegetarian title include John Bishop, Lily Cole, Leona Lewis, Anthony Kiedis, Eliza Doolittle, Jay McGuiness and Russell Brand. Newton and Haye will each receive a framed certificate and a box of vegan chocolates.

The award is given to recognise celebrities for their efforts in promoting compassion for animals – while demonstrating how healthy plant-based eating can be.

Earlier this month the organisation saved two turkeys from the Christmas table following criticism of a radio station’s publicity stunt. Oxford radio station Jack FM had promoted an online poll to “keep it” or “cook it” which would decide the fate of one of the two turkeys. PETA, along with rocker Brian May and The X Factor winner Leona Lewis, stepped in to save the birds (pictured) who have been named Brian and Leona.

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