On Saturday, filmmakers and actors mingled with animal-welfare activists and media professionals in honor of the Humane Society of the United States’ 26th annual Genesis Awards, an event that honors efforts to increase awareness of animal-welfare issues within popular entertainment. Among this year’s winners were the 2011 summer blockbuster Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which was named the year’s Outstanding Feature Film for its depiction of the ethical issues surrounding animal testing, and the ABC series 20/20, which took home the TV Newsmagazine award for its compelling exposé of the cruel treatment of birds at an egg factory farm. In all, more than 20 awards were distributed to print, television, and film projects, as well as individuals.
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