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Genesis Awards honor 'How to Train Your Dragon,' 'Oprah,' others for portrayal of animal rights issues

The Genesis Award for the feature film that did the best job of highlighting animal rights issues last year was presented Saturday night to a movie that wasn't even about a real creature: DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon."

Genesis-awards Its animated format and mythological setting notwithstanding, the film delivered an "inspiring message about tolerance and respect for all living creatures," the Humane Society of the United States said in its presentation of the 25th annual Genesis Awards. The ceremony was held in Century City.

Television winners included HBO's "True Blood" for a story about dogfighting; "The Oprah Winfrey Show" for programs about dolphin slaughter, elephant poaching and pet overpopulation; ABC's "Nightline" for a report on dairy cow abuse; and Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" for satirizing bullfighters.

KTLA-TV Channel 5 in Los Angeles was honored for a series of investigative reports into dogfighting, puppy mills and abuse at a chicken hatchery. And Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez won for a March 3, 2010, article that questioned the value of having captive whales and dolphins perform shows at SeaWorld.

Kristin Actress Kristin Davis, best known for her role as Charlotte in "Sex and the City," was given the Wyler Award, named after the late Genesis Award founder Gretchen Wyler, "in recognition of the media attention she has brought to the plight of orphaned African elephants impacted by the increase in elephant poaching for their ivory tusks."

Animal Planet, which will televise the Genesis Awards on April 30, was also a recipient, honored for its reality series "Last Chance Highway."

-- Lee Margulies 

Top photo: "How to Train Your Dragon." Credit: Paramount Pictures / Associated Press

Middle photo: Singer Leona Lewis at the Genesis Awards. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images. More photos from the 2011 Genesis Awards.

Bottom photo: Genesis Award honoree actress Kristin Davis. Credit: Jason Redmond / Reuters

The Humane Society of the U.S. announces Genesis Awards nominees

"How to Train Your Dreagon," "True Blood" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" are among the nominees for the Humane Society's 25th anniversary Genesis Awards, which honor "outstanding reporting and creative portrayals of animal protection issues" in the news and entertainment media. The Los Angeles Times also received two nominations.

Nominees announced Tuesday  morning are:

Feature Film

"How to Train Your Dragon"

"The Switch"

Feature Documentary

"The Elephant in the Living Room"


Sid Caesar Comedy Award

"The Colbert Report" -- zoos, bullfighting

"The Daily Show" -- "Big Red Dogs"

"The Simpsons" --"The Squirt and the Whale"

Dramatic Series

"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" -- "Inhumane Society"

"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" -- "Beef"

"True Blood" -- "Hitting the Ground"

TV Newsmagazine

"Anderson Cooper 360" -- '"How Safe Is Your Food"

"Inside Edition" -- "Horse Slaughter"

"Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchel" -- multiple issues

"Nightline" -- "Got Milk"

TV Documentary

"Fatal Attractions" -- "Big Cats"

"My Child Is a Monkey"

Reality Series

"Blood Dolphins"

"It's Me or the Dog" -- "Bully Breeds"

"Last Chance Highway" -- "The Great Escape"

Series of Newspaper Articles

Isthmus (Wisconsin) -- animal research by Bill Lueders

Los Angeles Times -- rhino poaching by Robyn Dixon


The Atlantic -- "Consider the Turkey" by James McWilliams

Los Angeles Times -- "Where Captives Put on a Show" by Steve Lopez

The Wyler Award Recipient -- Kristin Davis

The awards will be handed out at a ceremony March 19 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

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--Susan King

Photo: "How to Train Your Dragon" is nominated for a Genesis Award. Credit: DreamWorks Animation

‘Bolt,’ ‘Simpsons’ among Genesis Award recipients

Bolt270_k57hevnc_2Two animated productions -- the feature film "Bolt" and the Fox TV series "The Simpsons" -- have picked up top honors at the 23rd annual Genesis Awards, presented by the Humane Society of the United States to honor media presentations of animal protection issues.

"Bolt," the story of a pampered, sheltered dog suddenly thrust into the outside world on its own, was cited in part for its depiction of "the sad truth about unwanted and abandoned cats and dogs," while "The Simpsons" won for its episode "Apocalypse Cow," which the Humane Society praised for "telling it like it really is about the fate of 4-H club animals and the bleak, inhumane nature of factory farming."

Among other winners announced Saturday were three ABC programs: "Grey’s Anatomy," for an episode that dealt with the ethical issues of using live animals in medical research; "20/20," for an episode about elephants in captivity; and "World News Tonight" for a variety of reports on animal issues.

"The Oprah Winfrey Show"  was honored for shedding light on what the Humane Society described as "the cruelty of puppy mills, dog fighting and factory farming," while another daytime talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres", was cited along with her partner, actress Portia de Rossi, for their successful campaign efforts on behalf of California's Proposition 2, last year's ballot initiative that mandates more room in pens and cages for egg-laying hens, veal calves and pregnant sows.

-- Lee Margulies


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