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Paris Hilton Honored By HSUS. Could $100K Donation Have Anything To Do With It?

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Riddle me this:

Paris Hilton was recently honored by the Humane Society of the United States at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival for her support of the “save the seals” campaign. The ceremony took place during a HSUS dinner for Nigel Barker’s new documentary A Sealed Fate. Said Hilton of the honor, “We all have cats and dogs we love, and they’re animals, and seals are the same.”

Now, right now, you may be wondering how the HSUS could actually give Ms. Hilton an award and pat on the back. After all, this is the same Paris Hilton they targeted last year for purchasing puppies from pet stores that do business with puppy mills; not to mention her shady history with the bevy of dogs she keeps at her mansion. As far as we can tell, the only support Paris has ever given the “Save The Seals” campaign is when she wore a “Club Sandwiches, Not Seals” sweatshirt.

Of course, the biggest tip-off for Paris’ award that evening may come from the fact that she donated $100K to the organization. In hard times like these, that might be enough for any org to brush off the past and forge a fresh relationship. I’m not saying Hilton’s concern towards seals isn’t genuine, but her support outside the pocketbook seems thin to garner such attention. I’m definitely willing to give HSUS the benefit of the doubt here; certainly I may be missing come crucial piece of participation from Hilton with regards to this campaign. Or is it all about the money and press?

Anyone else find this puzzling?

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