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The stars gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, March 28, for The Humane Society's 23rd annual Genesis Awards, held in tribute of the organization’s ProtectSeals Campaign.

Special guests such as internationally acclaimed photographer Nigel Barker, Corey Feldman, Hal Sparks, Jorja Fox, James Cromwell, “Bones” star Emily Deschanel, former Oakland Raider Jarrod Cooper, Jennifer Coolidge, Carrie Ann Inaba, “Big Love’s” Ginnifer Goodwin and many more were on hand to present awards to a variety of celebrities, shows, and activists who have spent the last year making the world a better place for animals.

The major award of the night – the Wyler Award – went to Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi for using their wedding and Ellen’s talkshow as an opportunity to publicize to a broad audience their ethical decision to avoid animal products in the hope of influencing public behavior. After viewing videotaped congratulations from Sir Paul McCartney, both DeGeneres and de Rossi spoke about their journey toward ethical living and the changes they have made in their lives to reduce animal suffering.

“People need to understand that animals are thinking, feeling beings who have a right to a free life,” said DeGeneres.

Also throughout the evening, guests were treated to special video treats from stars such as Heather Mills and Lily Tomlin.

The complete list of prize winners was as follows:

  • Feature Film
  • Dramatic Series 
GREY’S ANATOMY “Life During Wartime”
  • Sid Caesar Comedy Award
 THE SIMPSONS ­ “Apocalypse Cow”
  • Children’s Programming 
HANDY MANNY ­ “Manny’s Mouse Traps”
  • TV Newsmagazine – National
20/20 ­ “Elephant PTSD
  • TV Newsmagazine – Cable
  • National News Feature
 WORLD NEWS WITH CHARLES GIBSON “Monkey Business,” “Person Of The Week,” “Rescuing Racehorses,” “Saving The Rhinos,” and wolf segment
  • Local News Series (a tie)
KGO-TV (Bay Area) “I-Team Investigation: Battery Cages”
& KLAS-TV 8 (Las Vegas) “Elephant Abuse: Life on the Road”
  • Local News Feature
 KHOU-TV ­Houston “Slaughtergate”
* TV Documentary

  • Unscripted Televison Series
 30 DAYS ­ “Animal Rights”

  • Brigitte Bardot International
  • Talk Show 
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW ­ multiple shows

  • Series of Newspaper Articles 
USA TODAY multiple articles by Sharon L. Peters
  • News Magazaine
 NEWSWEEK “Extinction Trade” by Sharon Begley
  • Magazine
 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED “The Good News out of The Bad Newz Kennels” by Jim Gorant
  • Brigitte Bardot Internaional – Print
DAILY MAIL (U.K.) multiple articles by Dr. Danny Penman
  • Special Recognition
SANTA BARBARA NEWS-PRESS multiple editorials
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