Atlanta Girl Makes Final Five in PETA’s ‘2014 Cutest Vegan Kids’ Contest

Energetic 3-Year-Old Could Soon Star in Her Own Ad

For Immediate Release:
February 26, 2014

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Shakira Croce 202-483-7382

Atlanta – Three-year-old Atlanta resident Sophie Eckmann could be America’s next child star. That’s because she’s one of five female finalists in PETA Kids’ 2014 Cutest Vegan Kids contest, and now it’s up to voters to help PETA Kids decide whom it should pick as the winners—one girl and one boy—who will be announced on March 3. Voting ends at 12 noon EST on March 3, and each winner will receive a PETA Kids prize pack and appear in a PETA Kids ad.

“Sophie is very proud that she made the kind and healthy choice to go vegan, and her smart decision could soon place her in the national spotlight,” says PETA Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns Marta Holmberg. “Everyone who goes vegan saves nearly 100 animals every year from daily suffering and a terrifying death, and all our contestants are setting an example that should be followed by young and old alike.”

Sophie went vegan nearly a year ago, and she’s already quite the animal rights activist, attending protests with her parents and older sister Emily (who was also nominated!) and always handing out informational leaflets with her trademark smile. Her favorite foods include peanut-butter Lärabars and bananas—she usually eats two in one sitting. She also believes that animals are not ours to wear or use for entertainment—so no leather or cruel Ringling Bros. circus for this enlightened little girl.

PETA Kids will select the winners based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here.

For more information and to cast your vote to help PETA Kids decide whom it should choose as the winners, please visit PETAKids.com/CutestVegan.

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