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Last updated: Thursday, May 22, 2008

The romantic comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall stars, Kristen Bell and Russell Brand, take early lead in PETA's annual Sexiest Vegetarian Poll at PETA.org.uk.

Bell herself is a long-time vegetarian. She said, I have always been an animal lover. I had a hard time disassociating the animals I cuddled with - dogs and cats, for example - from the animals on my plate, and I never really cared for the taste of meat. I always loved my Brussel sprouts!"

While Brand gained fame as the host of his own show on BBC Radio and is currently filming a movie with Adam Sandler. In his 2007 memoir, My Booky Wook, Brand wrote:
I became vegetarian at 14. - Ive never regretted it. - Its the only opportunity I get to occupy the moral high ground. Youre vegetarian? comes the enquiry. Yes. Then the inevitable, Do you eat fish? - I have to stifle a smug grin when I reply, No. No, I dont eat fish because its cruel to them, the lovely little things.

Other celebrities whove gone vegetarian to protect animals, the environment and their own health - and who are in hot pursuit of Bell and Brand in the PETA poll - include actors Hayden Panettiere, Emily Deschanel, Milo Ventimiglia, Anthony Kiedis, Abbie Cornish, Casey Affleck, Lake Bell, Leona Lewis and Jason Schwartzman; rapper Mos Def; and pro basketball player Raja Bell of the Phoenix Suns. Past winners include Carrie Underwood, Chris Martin, Natalie Portman, Andre 3000, Tobey Maguire, Prince, Alicia Silverstone, Kevin Eubanks and Shania Twain.

The poll runs through 16 June. For more info, please visit PETA.org.uk

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