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

Energetic 8-Year-Old Could Soon Star in Her Own Ad

For Immediate Release:
February 26, 2014

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Shakira Croce 202-483-7382

Somerset, Mass. – Eight-year-old Somerset resident Naomi Berman 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 to be 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.

“Naomi 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.”

Naomi went vegan shortly after her first birthday and has never looked back. A lifelong animal lover, she’s the official family label-reader to make sure that no meat, eggs, or dairy products make their way into the Berman household. She loves visiting and comforting the animals at her local shelter and always takes along special treats for them. She even held her own fundraiser for the shelter by setting up a lemonade and bracelet stand. Naomi, who is learning to play the violin, also loves to dote on her three cats, two dogs, and two chickens, one of whom, Speckles, has stolen her heart. Her favorite foods include artichoke hearts in lemon sauce, carrots with hummus, cucumber sandwiches, and, of course, dairy- and egg-free cakes and cookies.

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

For more information and to vote in the contest, please visit PETAKids.com/CutestVegan.

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