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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi To Be Honored By HSUS

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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi will be honored at the he Humane Society of the United States’ 23rd Genesis Awards for their efforts on behalf of animals!

The duo, who have been active on the vegan scene — as well as their incredible support for Proposition 2, will receive The Wyler Award, one of The Humane Society of the United States’ most prestigious honors. The honor is bestowed to a celebrity or public figure who has made news on behalf of animals, and is named after the late Genesis Awards founder Gretchen Wyler, the Broadway headliner and animal activist. From the release,

“Ellen and Portia stand up for their beliefs, and they have had a major impact in spreading the message about animal protection,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “They had a particularly significant role in helping to pass Proposition 2, and they helped make the case to the people of California and to the rest of the nation that all animals deserve humane treatment, including animals raised for food.”

The host of her own hit talk show, the multi-Emmy-winning The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen has used her distinctive comic and compassionate voice to raise awareness of many issues of humanitarian, environmental and animal welfare concern. Portia, who shares those values, has appeared in many socially significant TV series, including FX’s Nip/Tuck, Fox’s Arrested Development and Ally McBeal, and she will soon be seen in ABC’s Better Off Ted.

Past honorees of this award have included Sir Paul McCartney and Hayden Panettiere. Congrats to the two of them on the honor — and we applaud their work on behalf of animal welfare and legislation.

The Genesis Awards take place on Saturday, March 28, 2009. For more information on the event, jump here.

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