by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Causes
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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.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Manuel

    Nice, I think they deserve it. I met Ellen once, she seems to be a very nice person.

  • Elizabeth

    7 Things You Didn’t Know About HSUS
    (the Humane Society of the United States)

    1. The Humane Society of the United States(HSUS) is a “humane society” in name only, since it doesn’t operate a single pet shelter or pet adoption facility anywhere in the United States. During 2006, HSUS contributed only 4.2 percent of its budget to organizations that operate hands-on dog and cat shelters. In reality, HSUS is a wealthy animal-rights lobbying organization (the largest and richest on earth) that agitates for the same goals as PETA and other radical groups.

    2. Beginning on the day of NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s2007 dog fighting indictment, HSUS raised money online with the false promise that it would “care for the dogs seized in the Michael Vick case.” The New York Times later reported that HSUS wasn’t caring for Vick’s dogs at all. And HSUS president Wayne Pacelle told the Times that his group recommended that government officials “put down” (that is, kill) the dogs rather than adopt them out to suitable homes. HSUS later quietly altered its Internet fundraising pitch.

    3. HSUS’s senior management includes a former spokesman for the Animal Liberation Front(ALF), a criminal group designated as “terrorists” by the FBI. HSUS president Wayne Pacelle hired John “J.P.” Goodwin in 1997, the same year Goodwin described himself as “spokesperson for the ALF” while he fielded media calls in the wake of an ALF arson attack at a California veal processing plant. In 1997, when asked by reporters for a reaction to an ALF arson fire at a farmer’s feed co-op in Utah (which nearly killed a family sleeping on the premises), Goodwin replied, “We’re ecstatic.” That same year, Goodwin was arrested at a UC Davis protest celebrating the 10-year anniversary of an ALF arson at the university that caused $5 million in damage. And in 1998, Goodwin described himself publicly as a “former member of ALF.”

    4.HSUS raised a reported $34 million in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, supposedly to help reunite lost pets with their owners. But comparatively little of that money was spent for its intended purpose. Louisiana’s Attorney General shuttered his 18-month-long investigation into where most of these millions went, shortly after HSUS announced its plan to contribute $600,000 toward the construction of an animal shelter on the grounds of a state prison. Public disclosures of the disposition of the $34 million in Katrina-related donations add up to less than $7 million.

    5. After gathering undercover video footage of improper animal handling at a Chino, CA slaughterhouse during November of 2007, HSUS sat on its video evidence for three months, even refusing to share it with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. HSUS’s Dr. Michael Greger testified before Congress that the San Bernardino County (CA) District Attorney’s office asked the group “to hold on to the information while they completed their investigation.” But the District Attorney’s office quickly denied that account, even declaring that HSUS refused to make its undercover spy available to investigators if the USDA were present at those meetings. Ultimately, HSUS chose to release its video footage at a more politically opportune time, as it prepared to launch a livestock-related ballot campaign in California. Meanwhile, meat from the slaughterhouse continued to flow into the U.S. food supply for months.

    6. According to a 2008 Los Angeles Times investigation, less than 12 percent of money raised for HSUS by California telemarketers actually ends up in HSUS’s bank account. The rest is kept by professional fundraisers. And if you exclude two campaigns run for HSUS by the “Build-a-Bear Workshop” retail chain, which consisted of the sale of surplus stuffed animals (not really “fundraising”), HSUS’s yield number shrinks to just 3 percent. Sadly, this appears typical. In 2004, HSUS ran a telemarketing campaign in Connecticut with fundraisers who promised to return a minimum of zero percent of the proceeds. The campaign raised over $1.4 million. Not only did absolutely none of that money go to HSUS, but the group paid $175,000 for the telemarketing work.

    7. Research shows that HSUS’s heavily promoted U.S. “boycott” of Canadian seafood—announced in 2005 as a protest against Canada’s annual seal hunt—is a phony exercise in media manipulation. A 2006 investigation found that 78 percent of the restaurants and seafood distributors described by HSUS as “boycotters” weren’t participating at all. Nearly two-thirds of them told surveyors they were completely unaware HSUS was using their names in connection with an international boycott campaign. Canada’s federal government is on record about this deception, saying: “Some animal rights groups have been misleading the public for years … it’s no surprise at all that the richest of them would mislead the public with a phony seafood boycott.”

    Want evidence? Visit http://www.AnimalScam.comhttp://www.ActivistCash.com
    Revised October 2008. Complete sources and documentation available upon request.

  • Mary

    And today, Tuesday February 17th, 2009, the HSUS was successfull in their goal to have 127 dogs and puppies that they “rescued” from a fight bust in North Carolina. Despite the best efforts by a coalition of well known animal rescue organizations who have experience with fight bust dogs, including Best Friends and without any sort of evaluation these dogs were deemed too dangerous. Yes people, that is where your donations are going, help the HSUS lobby and plead for the death of dogs! Well they succeeded today. Shame on them and everyone who supports them.

  • Shanna

    I really hope that Ellen and Portia will consider NOT accepting this award from the HSUS. What a joke this organization has become!! They have managed to enrage a good portion of the animal welfare groups and members over the 127 Wilkes dogs.

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  • HSUS Kills

    Thanks Ellen! Thanks for getting more money to an organization that wants to end eating meat and eggs, drinking milk, and deciding what America’s choices should be. BTW, they do want the extinction of domestic pets. Humane Society of the United States CEO Wayne Pacelle said it himself. VERY bad career move on your part. We will see what happens when your ratings hit the floor becuase of this. Shame on you!

  • Wayne Pacelle’s Spray On Tan

    Wayne Pacelle President and CEO of HSUS (The Humane Society of the United States) only cares about one thing: Wayne! Do the research; he only wants power to further his political career. He does NOT care about animals, only cares about getting a senate seat. Wayne Pacelle is a liar and a false prophet. Wayne Pacelle and The Humane Society of the United States spend more on staff travel expenses every year than animal shelters. Look at their tax returns posted on the HSUS site if you don’t believe me. Be careful with HSUS and Wayne Pacelle, they have now even put it print: They want a vegan America. End of story. If you love your pets please stay away from HSUS. They WILL take your pets away if they continue to grow. They fool so many people: Now they have roped in Ellen Degeneres. Are you an animal terrorist too Ellen Degeneres? Ellen Degeneres, are you donating money to help Wayne Pacelle get his senate seat? Ellen Degeneres should be boycotted along with HSUS. Ellen Degeneres you are nothing more than a domestic terrorist trying to take our pets away.