Nigel Barker and Kristen Bell Nominated for Do Something Awards
In the work of spreading humane values throughout our society and our culture, The HSUS gets a lot of welcome help from taste-makers in the art and entertainment industry. We’re lucky to have two celebrity friends of The HSUS nominated this year for prestigious Do Something Awards from VH1 and DoSomething.org.
One of our most dedicated collaborators in recent years has been fashion photographer Nigel Barker, who has put his energy into several of our most important campaigns to protect wildlife and especially marine animals, including the drive to end the Canadian seal hunt, and more recently, our Shark-Free Marina Initiative.
That’s why it’s great to see that Nigel has been nominated for a Do Something Award in the Style category. It’s a much deserved recognition of his great devotion to charitable work, and if he wins this year’s Do Something: Style award, he’ll have even more opportunities to help spread the word for seals, sharks, and other creatures.
If Nigel wins he'll have a chance to talk about wildlife and shark issues with a nationally televised audience on VH1. Please cast a vote for him today and help him reach an even broader audience with his anti-cruelty message.
Nigel’s work on shark protection began when he attended the Monster Shark Tournament on Martha’s Vineyard in 2008 with HSUS staff, and he helped to document the terrible cruelty and destruction that takes place in killing contests of this type.
Nigel’s focus on shark tournaments and shark protection in general has helped us to achieve great results as some tournaments have been canceled and others have moved to a catch-and-release format. While shark finning and commercial fishing are responsible for the majority of worldwide shark mortality figures, shark tournaments and contest killing are also implicated in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of sharks each year and the global decline in shark populations.
When we decided to meet this challenge head-on, Nigel stepped up. Most recently, Nigel’s participation in a Shark-Free Marina Initiative celebrity PSA—supported by The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, the Pegasus Foundation, The HSUS, and major recreational and scientific organizations—is helping to encourage hundreds of marinas throughout the United States and the Bahamas to go “Shark-Free” or “Shark Friendly.”
Nigel’s philosophy is briefly summed up as, “A shark is a shark, a human can be humane.” Please take the time to vote for Nigel at the VH1 site, in recognition of the great work he has done in support of The HSUS, and for his special focus on sharks.
Another great friend of The HSUS is actress Kristen Bell. Kristen served as a judge in last year’s Dogs of Valor competition as well as hosting a special segment of The HSUS’s Genesis Awards devoted to dogs.
After rescuing an 11-year-old dog left homeless by Hurricane Katrina, Kristen became committed to helping pets with special needs. She’s now raising money to help us provide for special needs pets rescued from puppy mills, hoarding cases, or other cruelty situations. She’s also an advocate for sharks, and recently signed a letter in support of a California bill to protect sharks from finning. Please vote for Kristen in the Movie Star category. In our book, both Nigel and Kristen are winners.
P.S. The awards will air Thursday, Aug. 18 at 9/8 p.m. Central on VH1.