To explain what the Genesis Awards are, here's the description straight from the HSUS's website.
What are the Genesis Awards?
Every year, The HSUS's Hollywood Outreach program pays tribute to the major news and entertainment media for producing outstanding works that raise public awareness of animal issues. As much as film, television, print and the web reflect societal attitudes, they also help shape and change those attitudes. The mass media, in all its new and diverse forms, has the power to deliver animal protection issues to vast audiences at the click of a mouse.
For example, national media coverage of the HSUS's Chino Slaughterhouse investigation not only led to the largest meat recall ever, but it exposed the abusive treatment of cattle and thrust it into the public spotlight.
But it isn't just big news stories that we recognize and celebrate, it's movies, documentaries and all categories of TV programming which, by incorporating animal protection themes or messages into their storylines, help increase public consciousness, reminding us that compassion for animals is one of our core human values.
From the nominees and winners pages on the HSUS site, Nightline garnered their win in the Screen - TV News Magazine category with "The Ugly Truth Behind High Stepping Horses." (They tied with Rock Center With Brian Williams.) Click here to see the original expose by Nightline. ABC's article about their win.
Roy Exum won in the Print - Columnist category for his multiple part series on soring Tennessee Walking Horses. Click here for Roy's column.
I hope everyone will take the time to congratulate our winners and thank them for helping the TWH. I cannot express how happy I am that they won these awards with all the help they have done. I am sure the horses thank them as much as we do.