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'Beyond Shelter' to Receive Humane Seal of Approval at Twentieth Anniversary Genesis Awards

Visionaries receives top honors at The Humane Society of The United States Annual Celebration of Animal-Friendly News and Entertainment Media.

Hollywood, CA (March 6, 2006) ' The Visionaries show 'Beyond Shelter', Dreamworks' Academy Award-winning 'Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,' Miramax's 'An Unfinished Life,' Warner Bros', 'Duma,' Shadow's 'The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill,' CBS' 'CSI,' CNN's 'Larry King Live,' ABC's 'World News Tonight,' 'Primetime' and 'Rodney,' The New York Times Magazine and The Washington Post are among 20 distinguished news and entertainment media honorees being acknowledged for positive coverage of animal issues at the Twentieth Anniversary Genesis Awards. Presented by The Hollywood Office of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the Twentieth Anniversary Genesis Awards was held on Saturday, March 18, 2006 in the International Ballroom of The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, CA. The show was taped and edited for a two-hour Television Special, airing primetime on Animal Planet on Saturday, May 6th.

The annual Genesis Awards pays tribute to the major news and entertainment media for producing outstanding works that raise public awareness of animal-protection issues. Recipients are honored in a wide range of categories for highlighting emerging issues, or bringing a fresh perspective to long-standing ones.

'There have been some lean years for stand-out Genesis movie candidates, says Gretchen Wyler, VP of the Hollywood Office of The HSUS. 'Happily, that was not the case in 2005, which saw the release of the Oscar nominated comedy 'Wallace & Gromit;' critically acclaimed gems like 'Duma' and 'The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill,' and Lasse Hallstrom's overlooked drama 'An Unfinished Life,' starring Robert Redford. In a year that appears to mark Hollywood's return to more socially conscious product, perhaps this wealth of material is no mere coincidence.'

In addition to its 20 award categories, this year's event featured The Heroes of Katrina, a special segment hosted by Ben Stein, which salutes the news media for drawing attention to the plight of the disaster's animal victims. Those being cited include: CNN's Anderson Cooper, KCAL-TV's David Jackson, ABC's Good Morning America, PBS's Now and Nature, CBS' Sunday Morning, KARE-TV 11 (Minneapolis) and Animal Planet Heroes.

'The news media continues to do a sterling job of spotlighting animal-protection issues, but when it came to Katrina, they surpassed themselves,' says Wyler. 'Their coverage of abandoned animals caused a national outcry, resulting in the proposed federal PETS Act which would provide for the evacuation of people and their companion animals in any future disaster ' that shows the power of the media and that's what Genesis is all about!'

Celebrities lending their support as presenters this year include to date: Jennifer Aspen, Julia Barr, Ed Begley, Jr., Kelly Bishop, Linda Blair, James Cromwell, Emily Deschanel, Zooey Deschanel, Jorja Fox, Tippi Hedren, Lauren Holly, Anne-Marie Lucas, Joe Mantegna, Maria Menounos, Moby, Esai Morales, Shelley Morrison, Alexandra Paul, Eric Roberts, Charlotte Ross, Amy Smart, Tori Spelling, Steve Valentine, Kate Walsh and Persia White.

The Hollywood Office of The HSUS recently launched Animal Content in Entertainment (ACE), an industry resource and companion program to the annual Genesis Awards, designed to actively promote and develop animal issue storylines and themes in the entertainment media.

The Twentieth Anniversary Genesis Awards are made possible in part by our corporate benefactors: Southwest Airlines Co., MassMutual Financial Group, Michel Financial Group, BeKIND.org, Market Development Group, Urban Decay Cosmetics and Prai.Beauty Group.