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Regrettably I don't have Animal Planet, but for those of you who do:<br><br><br><br>
The two-hour television special covering the Genesis Awards will premiere on<br><br>
Animal Planet at 3 p.m. EST on Sunday, May 4 (noon PST).<br><br><br><br>
The Genesis Awards ceremony is like an animal friendly Oscars, founded by<br><br>
Broadway and TV star Gretchen Wyler 17 years ago.<br><br><br><br>
A little more info is available at <a href="http://www.hsus.org/ace/18945" target="_blank">http://www.hsus.org/ace/18945</a><br><br><br><br>
About the strength of the wins: Unfortunately the Beverly Hills Hilton<br><br>
audience was shielded from some of that strength; viewers on Animal Planet<br><br>
will be similarly shielded. For example, viewers will see a wonderful speech<br><br>
from The Practice in which a defense attorney defends a Santoria priest who<br><br>
has slaughtered a goat. Her defense rests on the grounds that as a nation we<br><br>
kill animals, all the time, for food and even for sport. Out of context the<br><br>
speech may be confusing. Many on the voting committee pushed for that<br><br>
win because of David Kelly's willingness to detail, graphically, our<br><br>
nation's treatment of animals - he put shocking Meat Your Meat<br><br>
slaughterhouse footage on a prime time network television drama. He also<br><br>
included disturbing vivisection images, and hunting shots. Unfortunately, home viewers will be shielded from the impact of that show's message.<br><br><br><br>
Another controversial issue in the animal rights community is the bestowing<br><br>
of awards on shows with animal friendly messages, when those shows have used<br><br>
trained wild animals, who live sad lives in captivity, to convey those<br><br>
messages. Such awards are becoming less frequent as the use of wild animals in film and television is replaced by animatronics, animal suits, and computer generated imagery.<br><br><br><br>
Overall, there is no question that the Genesis Awards, by encouraging major<br><br>
media players to explore and air animal friendly material, does an<br><br>
extraordinary job of advancing the cause of animal protection. Two years ago, Brad Woodard received his second Genesis award (he won his first seven years earlier for a good story he had stumbled upon). He came to the ceremony to receive his award, left the ceremony as a vegetarian, and has been producing animal friendly news stories on a regular basis ever since.<br><br><br><br>
It's a worthwhile show so, if you have Animal Planet watch it, record it, and tell your friends about it.
 

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Yeah, that was the glitzier one-hour version. The full two-hour version is what's airing on Sunday. Glad you liked it.
 

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You know, I remember to breathe, I eat a few times a day and drink fresh water. I seem to get by. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by epski</i><br><br><b>You know, I remember to breathe, I eat a few times a day and drink fresh water. I seem to get by. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"></b></div>
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Great show but I was disappointed when one of the commercials was for Barnum & Bailey (on their work to save elephants -- but what about the treatment of those animals that are in their circus?).<br><br><br><br>
Shalom,<br><br>
Gail
 

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I hate Animal Planet. It's just a bunch of people showing off how much power they have over animals (at least the programs I've seen--all dealing with pets and pet races and dog shows and the like).<br><br><br><br>
Also, the network seems to only feature the cute and cuddly types and the animals that humans can dominate rather than giving a comprehensiveview of the REAL animal planet.<br><br><br><br>
My local PBS station does a much better job.
 

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I saw that episode of The Practice. There have also been some good por animal arguments on Law and Order.<br><br><br><br>
I think I'll nominate the guy who did that egg farm report.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by veganinohio</i><br><br><b>I hate Animal Planet. It's just a bunch of people showing off how much power they have over animals (at least the programs I've seen--all dealing with pets and pet races and dog shows and the like).<br><br><br><br>
Also, the network seems to only feature the cute and cuddly types and the animals that humans can dominate rather than giving a comprehensiveview of the REAL animal planet.<br><br><br><br>
My local PBS station does a much better job.</b></div>
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I tend to watch equal parts network TV and PBS, for a total of 7 hours on a week where my schedule happens to be less hectic. I enjoyed the "Shadow Ball" segment of "American Stories" this week. Hope to get the entire "Baseball" series on DVD someday.
 
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