Wednesday, March 28, 2007

21st Annual Genesis Awards Bring Out and Reward Celebrities and Companies Who Support Animal Rights and Shed Light on Animal Abuse and Exploitation

An amazing and well-established event that rewards those who do good, but also sheds light on the issues of concern. It is put on annually by The Hollywood Office of The Humane Society of the United States. Here is a description of the event from their website at http://www.hsus.org/about_us/offices_and_affiliates/hsus_hollywood_office/

“Based on the philosophy of Hollywood Office founder Gretchen Wyler that "Cruelty Can't Stand the Spotlight," The Genesis Awards has been paying tribute to the news and entertainment media for the past 20 years for shining that spotlight into the darkest corners of animal abuse and exploitation. Recognized as the nation's premier consciousness-raiser of animal issues, The Genesis Awards is a star-studded ceremony attracting representatives from the media, entertainment, social, business and humane communities. The event is taped and edited for broadcast. For the past several years is has aired nationwide on Animal Planet, exposing millions of viewers to animal wrongs and animal rights. And here's how our members can play a part: if you've seen any animal-friendly storylines, no matter how small, in a television show or film, contact us at contact@hsushollywood.org.”

Article:

Animal-lovin' stars come out for Genesis Awards

http://www.dailynews.com/spywitness/ci_5531409

By Jenny Peters and Joel Stratte-McClure
Article Last Updated: 03/27/2007 04:43:11 PM PDT

There was definitely no fois gras, and certainly no fur-bedecked females, at the 21st annual Genesis Awards. The Saturday night fete at the Beverly Hilton was all about protecting animal rights, and the Hollywood office of the Humane Society of the United States presented awards to the media for "raising awareness of animal protection issues."

Emcee James Cromwell, guests Amy Smart, Steve Valentine, J.K. Simmons, Wendie Malick, Constance Marie, Sara Rue, Olivia Hussey, Bill Maher, Tippi Hedren and others chowed down on a tasteless vegan meal. Wolfgang Puck got a standing ovation for his recent decision to ban fatty goose liver in all of his restaurants.

The evening, which Cromwell said was "dedicated to fighting cruelty toward animals," underlined triumphant media moments that championed animal rights.

Sir Paul McCartney received the newly inaugurated Wyler Award for his longtime
defense of animals, while other winners included "Larry King Live," "CBS News" and the feature film "Happy Feet."

Burt Young showed up with Rusty, his canine co-star in "Rocky Balboa," who posed eagerly with every woman on the red carpet. And Catherine Oxenberg and Esai Morales ripped up the dance floor at the after party. Want more? The Genesis Awards will air on Animal Planet next month.

Many guests rode to and from the politically correct event in eco-limos that used hybrid engines and bio-fuel. No word as to how many directed their drivers to the closest In-N-Out Burger on the way home for a square meal before calling it a night.

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