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March 9, 2009

Nigel Barker to Receive Special Recognition at The HSUS' Genesis Awards

The Humane Society of the United States

For his tireless efforts to end the Canadian seal hunt, The Humane Society of the United States will feature world-renowned photographer and judge on America's Next Top Model Nigel Barker at the 23rd Genesis Awards.

In 2008, Barker joined The Humane Society of the United States' ProtectSeals team in Canada days before the hunt was set to begin and again during the seal kill. He chronicled his trip to the ice floes through photographs and a documentary film, which provide an intimate look at the lives of baby harp seals targeted by the annual kill. Through his exhibit that has traveled to several states, Barker hopes to educate the public about the brutal seal hunt, the largest slaughter of marine mammals on the planet, and to increase appreciation for these creatures.

"Nigel Barker was not satisfied with just lending his name and celebrity to The Humane Society of the United States' ProtectSeals campaign," said John Grandy, Ph.D., senior vice president of wildlife for The HSUS. "His commitment to ending the slaughter is so deep that he has spent the past year speaking out in every way possible about his experiences on the ice floes. The exhibit of Barker's photographs from the seal nursery exquisitely captures the beauty and innocence of being on the ice with these gentle animals. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to acknowledge him and his efforts at one of our elite events."

The HSUS' Genesis Awards is the only awards show of its kind honoring the news and entertainment media for showcasing animal issues. This year's event, dedicated to ending the Canadian seal hunt, featured Barker's photos on the official invitation and will highlight the photographs during the evening. 

The HSUS will roll out the red carpet for the nominees in 19 major media categories at The 23rd Genesis Awards gala ceremony on Saturday, March 28 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. A list of the nominees is here.

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.

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