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Humane Society gives honors

March 30, 2009|Lee Margulies

Two animated productions -- the feature film "Bolt" and the Fox TV series "The Simpsons" -- have picked up top honors at the 23rd annual Genesis Awards, presented by the Humane Society of the United States to honor media presentations of animal protection issues.

"Bolt," the story of a pampered, sheltered dog suddenly thrust into the outside world on its own, was cited in part for its depiction of "the sad truth about unwanted and abandoned cats and dogs," while "The Simpsons" won for its episode "Apocalypse Cow," which the Humane Society praised for "telling it like it really is about the fate of 4-H club animals and the bleak, inhumane nature of factory farming."

Among other winners announced Saturday were ABC programs "Grey's Anatomy," for an episode that dealt with the ethical issues of using live animals in medical research; "20/20," for an episode on elephants in captivity; and "World News Tonight" for various reports on animal issues.

"The Oprah Winfrey Show" was honored for shedding light on what the Humane Society described as "the cruelty of puppy mills, dog fighting and factory farming," while another daytime talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres, was cited along with her partner, actress Portia de Rossi, for their successful campaign efforts on behalf of California Proposition 2, which mandates more room in pens and cages for egg-laying hens, veal calves and pregnant sows.

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lee.margulies@latimes.com

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