As I’ve mentioned before on A Humane Nation, our greatest charge at The HSUS must be to prevent cruelty before it occurs. While animal rescue is vital, it is not enough. We cannot rescue our way out of the many problems animals face. Indeed, the very notion of rescuing animals from factory farms, the fur trade or other legal businesses is implausible and a misapplication of the concept. To complement our work to help individual animals in crisis, and to succeed in it, we need structural changes – new policies and standards, new ways of generating commerce, new and enlightened attitudes and behaviors, and a new and humane economy.
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Carrie Ann Inaba and Uggie at last year’s event.
Inaba will emcee the 2013 gala.
We also need a new level of awareness and engagement. One way we do that is by celebrating people who use their talents to help our cause – be they educators lawmakers, corporate leaders, law enforcement agents, lawyers, entertainers or others.
On March 23, we celebrate reporters, entertainment media creatives and corporations for their pathbreaking work for animals at the Genesis Awards Benefit Gala. I hope you’ll consider attending this star-studded event in Los Angeles – an event where we recognize those who are showing the way and taking action that helps animals in very practical terms.
Join us as global pop star Ke$ha receives the Wyler Award for her work to help street dogs, stop shark finning, end Canada’s seal hunt and more. See whether “The Colbert Report,” “Futurama,” or “The New Normal” takes home the Sid Caesar Comedy Award, and watch as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Harry’s Law,” and “Sons of Anarchy” duke it out in the dramatic series category. From dogfighting to hoarding to the abuse of downer cows and Tennessee Walking Horses, all animal issues will be in the spotlight at this one-of-a-kind event.