WASHINGTON - The Humane Society of the United States announces the winners of the 33nrd annual Genesis Awards. The awards honor news and entertainment media for outstanding reporting and creative portrayals of animal protection issues in 2018.
The winners, across the 15 award categories, include Universal Pictures’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, syndicated TV’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show, HBO’s Sesame Street, Netflix’s Dogs, Animal Planet’s Amanda to the Rescue and The Dog Bowl, Hallmark’s 2018 American Rescue Dog Show, CBS-TV’s 60 Minutes, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Huffington Post.
“The expanding presence of animal protection issues in popular culture and major media is one of the greatest signs of hope for those of us involved in day to day advocacy for animals. We’re not only grateful for this coverage and recognition; we’re inspired by it,” said Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the winner of Best Feature Film for drawing implicit parallels between the film’s imperiled dinosaurs and the real world exploitation and trafficking of animals.
Best Talk Show is awarded to The Ellen DeGeneres Show for multiple segments that highlight the ongoing importance of the gorilla conservation work of Ellen’s life-long hero, Dian Fossey.
Sesame Street picks up Best Children’s Programming for Kitty Kindness, a delightful guide to caring for a lost cat and all things feline that informs and entertains in quintessential Sesame Street style.
In the world of documentaries, two films share Best Feature Documentary: Eating Animals for exploring the impact of factory-farming on animals and the environment, and Love & Bananas –An Elephant Story for spotlighting the plight of Asian elephants. Netflix’s Dogs garners Best Documentary Series for Bravo, Zeus, a moving portrait of a Syrian refugee’s unbreakable bond with his canine best friend. While the Brigitte Bardot International Best Documentary Feature awardees are STROOP – Journey into the Rhino Horn War, a sweeping examination of the complex web of corruption and cultural traditions fueling rhino slaughter, and Yo Galgo, which exposes the inhumane breeding and treatment of the galgo, Spain’s once prized sporting dog.
The power of the human-companion animal bond and the life-saving work of animal rescue and pet adoption are celebrated by three of this year’s award-winners: Amanda to the Rescue for Best Reality Series; with the joint honors for Best TV Special going to The 2018 American Rescue Dog Show and The Dog Bowl, a salute to senior dogs and the rewards that come from adopting them.
In news media, 60 Minutes wins Best National TV Newsmagazine for its report on the ecological benefits of the thriving wolf population in Yellowstone Park. The New York Times and Huffington Post are awarded for their coverage of the booming US market in giraffe parts, and the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board is recognized for its position on farm animal protection issues.
COMPLETE LIST OF THE HSUS’ 33RD GENESIS AWARD WINNERS
OUTSTANDING FEATURE FILM
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment
OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY FILM
Eating Animals – Big Star Pictures
Love & Bananas – An Elephant Story – STARZ
OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW
The Ellen DeGeneres Show – Syndicated
OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING
Sesame Street “Kitty Kindness” – HBO
OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Dogs: “Bravo, Zeus” – Netflix
OUTSTANDING REALITY SERIES
Amanda to the Rescue: Wildfire Puppy Rescue – Animal Planet
OUTSTANDING TV SPECIAL
The 2018 American Rescue Dog Show – Hallmark Channel
The Dog Bowl – Animal Planet
OUTSTANDING NATIONAL TV NEWSMAGAZINE
60 Minutes – The Wolves of Yellowstone – CBS-TV
OUTSTANDING LOCAL NEWS SERIES
Fox 31 Denver KDVR-TV - SeaQuest pet store investigation
WEWS-TV News, Cleveland – USDA redaction of puppy mill inspections
WJLA TV - ABC 7 News, Washington, D.C. - Kitten lab investigation
WJW Fox 8, Ohio - Puppy Mill Investigation/USDA redactions
OUTSTANDING FEATURE ARTICLE
The New York Times - “Giraffe Part Sales are Booming in the U.S, and it’s legal” Writer: Karen Weintraub
Los Angeles Times – “Yes on Proposition 12. Let’s get rid of cages for hens for real” and “The Farm Bill doesn’t need amendment that helps let chickens be treated cruelly”
Huffington Post – “Giraffe Pillows and Bible Covers: New Report Details Booming Trade in U.S.” Writer: Nick Visser
Earth Touch News Network – “Lobos in Limbo: The Halting Recovery of the Mexican Wolf” Writer: Amy Mathews Amos
ABOVE AND BEYOND AWARD
NBC4 (Los Angeles) – Life Connected – Canine on Call
KRON4 TV San Francisco – Bear rescue
Brigitte Bardot International
OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM
STROOP – Journey into the Rhino Horn War – SDBFilms
Yo Galgo – Skinny Dog Films
OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL TV SERIES
Carte Blanche – Illegal Chicken Abattoirs – M-Net
Carte Blanche – Follow the Guns – M-Net