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Lutherville tot in running for PETA's Cutest Vegan Kid

By Jill Rosen

The Baltimore Sun

11:04 AM EST, February 19, 2013

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A 5-year-old from Lutherville, a tot who campaigns for animal rights and says animals are friends not food, is vying for the title of PETA's Cutest Vegan Kid.

Maya Parker-Rollins, who's been vegan her whole short life, is competing to be the girl winner against four other cuties. There will be a boy and a girl winner who will appear in a PETA ad.

She's up against some stiff competition. There's the 14-month-old Ramona from Ohio who loves potatoes and tofu. Another 5-year-old, Ciera, who's got carrot-red hair and poses in her contest shot with a pet mouse (that looks more like a pet rat). Sri, a Virginia 7-year-old, is giving a cocky thumbs-up -- as if she's got an inside line on the competition.

Check out everyone here.

"Maya is living proof that you're never too young to help make a difference for the billions of animals who are cruelly raised for food every year," PETA Youth Marketing Manager Emily Rodriguez said in a statement. "And because healthier vegan kids, such as Maya, are generally happier kids, that makes them cuter, too."

Kids can vote for the winners on PETAKids.com. Winners will be announced Feb. 27.

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