This past weekend the Genesis Awards took over Beverly Hills and for a change animals were in the spotlight. The 21st Annual Genesis Awards exist to highlight major news & entertainment media focusing on animal-protection issues.
Of course, the animals were represented by some of our fave celebs that presented awards throughout the event including Bill Maher, James Cromwell, Pauley Perrette, and Amy Smart. Fast Food Nation & Charlotte’s Web came out on top, as did animated animal-friendly Happy Feet and an episode of The Simpsons (of which the producer said in his acceptance speech, “No animals were harmed in the filming of this cartoon.”)
The event is said to have more of a feel of a family gathering as compared to other “aloof” awards shows. Many speakers took the time to talk about animal rights and how they got their start in animal activism.
Audience members cheered on good ol’ Wolfgang Puck who just last week swore off foie gras and “inhumane” meat for his restaurants while they munched on vegan dinners of soy ginger tempeh in an herb soy ginger sauce. But our question is: how many people in that room had on leather shoes?
The HSUS tells us that the event went green, as well, “using vegan and recycled products in the production of the event whenever possible”. The Genesis Awards office recycles, and guests arrived to the event in transportation provided by ECOLIMO.
For more info, check out The Magic of Genesis (includes complete list of winners).