Each year, The HSUS hosts The Genesis Awards to recognize journalists in the news business and producers and directors in the entertainment industry for their contribution to building awareness of animal protection issues. The exposure of animal issues has become richer and more probing, it seems, and the history of The Genesis Awards is actually a remarkable chronicle of our progress as a movement.
Tim Long Photography Host Carrie Ann Inaba with dog Uggie.
This weekend, you can catch the awards on TV if you didn’t attend in person. Don’t miss The HSUS’ inspiring 26th Genesis Awards to see Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, Ian Somerhalder, Colbie Caillat, and other stars celebrating this year’s winners. The awards ceremony airs on Animal Planet this Saturday, May 5, at 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 6, at 8 a.m. (both Eastern/Pacific time).
Our host is dedicated animal advocate and “Dancing With the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba, with a little help from Uggie―the canine hero from the Oscar®-winning film “The Artist.” Don’t forget to set your DVRs to join in the celebration. You can also RSVP for our Facebook event and find recipes, ballots, and place cards on our website to throw your own Genesis viewing party. And you can text GENESIS to 77879 for a text message reminder to tune in (message and data rates apply).
P.S. I also wanted to share good news from California on the foie gras issue, which I’ve written about a couple of times in the last few weeks. Yesterday, after a gaggle of chefs traveled to the state capitol in Sacramento to urge a repeal of a law banning the sale of foie gras from force-fed ducks, Senate president pro tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Perez announced that they wouldn’t take up any bill advanced by critics of the law. It’s a truly fabulous outcome, and we are so grateful to California’s legislative leaders. See our statement issued last night. The ban is set to go into effect on July 1.