Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, An Unfinished Life, Duma, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, CSI, Larry King Live, World News Tonight, and Primetime are among 20 distinguished news and entertainment media honorees being acknowledged for positive coverage of animal issues at the Twentieth Anniversary Genesis Awards.

The annual Genesis Awards pays tribute to the major news and entertainment media for producing outstanding works that raise public awareness of animal-protection issues. Recipients are honored in a wide range of categories for highlighting emerging issues, or bringing a fresh perspective to long-standing ones.

Presented by The Hollywood Office of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the Twentieth Anniversary Genesis Awards will be held on Saturday, March 18, at The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, CA.

"The news media continues to do a sterling job of spotlighting animal-protection issues, but when it came to Katrina, they surpassed themselves," says Gretchen Wyler, VP of the Hollywood Office of The HSUS. "Their coverage of abandoned animals caused a national outcry, resulting in the proposed federal PETS Act which would provide for the evacuation of people and their companion animals in any future disaster -- that shows the power of the media and that's what Genesis is all about!"

The show is taped and edited for a two-hour Television Special, airing primetime on Animal Planet on Saturday, May 6th.