If you were hoping to rope all your friends and family into voting for your adorable little one in this year’s Bonds Baby Search, you might be disappointed.
Bonds has decided to scrap the option for the public to vote for their favourite entry in the Baby Search competition this year.
Instead, Bonds will now select daily winners at random, with two overall winners announced at the end of the competition on March 6.
The decision was made as a result of a surge in hateful comments posted online aimed at parents about the appearance of their babies.
One photo back in 2011 was hit with “Bonds Australia, not Asia”, and another child was labelled an “ugly duckling, reports the Herald Sun.
And when two children with Down Syndrome became finalists in 2014, people called them “hideous” and “weird” in the comments.
This year Bonds is also introducing a new Fur Baby category, welcoming Aussies to enter their beloved dogs or cats.
No dress up is required and a daily winner will also be chosen by the Bonds team in this category.
Entries are being taken from today, and the competition will close after one month.
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