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by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Causes
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Each year the Humane Society of the United States, the largest animal protection organization in the country, takes an evening to honor news and entertainment media for their hard work to educate the public about important animal issues. This year might have been their most star packed event to date.

Some of the big winners of the evening included “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Born to Be Wild” in the film category, “The Colbert Report”, “The Ellen Degeneres Show”, “Gordon Ramsay: Shark Bait” and “Animal Planet Investigates: Captive Hunting Exposed” on TV, as well as the annual Wyler award which went to actor and activist Ian Somerhalder.

Somerhalder was particularly excited to be there, and vocal all through the awards. He tweeted, “At the Genesis awards- watching baby deals get clubbed! Wtf??!! Why do we do this- STOP THIS NOW!THERE IS NO INDUSTRY WORTH THIS! Love Ian.” As for his thoughts about HSUS, he wrote, “I love you all.You have to know-This event,the HSUS Genesis Awards is TRULY one of the most IMPORTANT events of the year-I promise.give pls.”

Carrie Ann Inaba, who just today debuted her new web series featuring cats who need homes, was the host of the evening. Celebrity presenters included Kaley Cuoco, Bill Maher, Colbie Caillat, Ke$ha, Sophia Bush, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Rose McGowan, Wendie Malick, Moby, Cloris Leachman, Michael Vartan, Wilmer Valderrama, and Uggie to name a few. And yes, that picture above is of Ian Somerhalder and Uggie. (Swoon.)

We love that HSUS recognizes the importance of getting animal issues into film, television, print, and news media. The best way to change the world for animals for the better is to educate the public about the realities animals face every day. The Genesis Awards are a great way to give back to those with a big and powerful voice who choose to use it for the benefit of the voiceless.

Now, for the complete list of winners:

Feature Film
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
Twentieth Century Fox/Chernin Entertainment

Feature Documentary
“Born to Be Wild 3-D”
Warner Bros. Pictures, Imax Corporation

Sid Caeser Comedy Award
“The Colbert Report”
Comedy Central

Dramatic Series
“Hawaii Five-0″—“Lapa’au”
CBS

Children’s Programming
“Teennick News With Linda Ellerbee” —“Dangerous Crossroads: Human Animal vs. Wild Animal”
Nickelodeon

Pre-School
“Sid the Science Kid” — “Save the Stump!”
PBS KIDS

TV Newsmagazine
“20/20″
ABC

National News
“NBC Nightly News”

Local News
Feature
“KTLA News at 10″ (Los Angeles)

Local News
Series
“WOIO-TV Action News” (Cleveland)

Morning News Show
“Today”
NBC

Talk Show
“The Ellen Degeneres Show”

TV Documentary
“Gordon Ramsay: Shark Bait”
BBC America

REALITY SERIES
“Animal Planet Investigates”—“Captive Hunting Exposed”
Animal Planet

Brigitte Bardot International
The Medan Connection —“Carte Blanche M-Net South  Africa”

Outstanding Written Word
Magazine
Vanity Fair— “Agony and Ivory”

Series of Newspaper Articles
McClatchy Newspaper

Online Award
The Atlantic.com

Brigitte Bardot International
The Independent (UK)

William Wilberforce Award
Prism—“A Call to Compassion”

The Wyler Award
Ian Somerhalder

International Humanitarian Award
Pritish Nandy

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is a writer, teacher and activist. She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Ali is also a fiction writer. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • felisdarkmoon

    Congrats, Mr. Somerhalder, totally deserved!