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Spotlighting the lifesaving work of The HSUS, The Genesis Awards Benefit Gala celebrated the role that news and entertainment media and other high-profile individuals play in raising awareness of animal issues. The event was held on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.

  • Wyler Awardee Ke$ha at the 2013 Genesis Awards Benefit Gala. Tim Long/Long Photography

  • Ke$ha received a standing ovation upon her tearful acceptance of the Wyler Award. Tim Long/Long Photography

  • Ke$ha's award was presented to her by "NCIS" star Pauley Perrette. Tim Long/Long Photography

Ke$ha Receives The Wyler Award

Each year The HSUS's Wyler Award is awarded to a celebrity or public figure for increasing awareness of animal issues via the media. Global pop icon and committed animal advocate Ke$ha received the honor on March 23 at The 2013 Genesis Awards Benefit Gala.

HSI Global Ambassador

Humane Society International's first Global Ambassador for animals, Ke$ha balances her hectic career as a platinum recording singer/songwriter and one of the world's most dynamic performers with her outspoken stance on critical animal protection issues. Ke$ha has spread the word about street dogs, the trophy hunting of endangered lions, shark-finning, Canada's commercial seal slaughter, dogfighting and cruelty-free cosmetics, among many other important animal welfare concerns, highlighting a different animal issue each month on her website and urging her massive fan base and social media following to take action for animals. By talking about her role with The HSUS' international arm, Humane Society International, and her commitment to helping animals in numerous media interviews, she has brought worldwide attention to the cause.

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In her own words

"It means so much to me to be recognized by The Humane Society of the United States because advocating for animals is second nature to me," said Ke$ha. "My affinity with animals and the natural world inspires me and my music. I don't understand how anyone can justify abusing or exploiting animals, and as long as it continues, I intend to keep talking about it."

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