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Friday, March 26, 2010

Ellen: A Stellar Voice for Animals

Sarah Palin and Ellen DeGeneres might not have much in common when it comes to their views on animal protection. But what they do share is their role with other prominent women and political figures—including Hillary Clinton, Caroline Kennedy, Michelle Obama, and Condoleezza Rice—whose biographies are featured in the “Female Force” series of comic books by Bluewater Productions.

Comic gets her own comic: Animal advocate Ellen DeGeneres is featured in “Female Force.”

Ellen’s comic goes on sale March 31, and because of her strong commitment to the protection of animals, she has chosen The Humane Society of the United States to benefit from 30% of the net profits from sales of the book. The issue, written by Sandra C. Ruckdeschel and penciled by Pedro Ponzo, follows the comedienne from her youth in Louisiana, through the endless smoke-filled comedy club circuit, to her breakthrough sitcom and finally as an Emmy-winning daytime talk show host. The book sells for $3.99 and is available at comic book stores as well as book stores at many airports, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Books-A-Million, and online.

I’ve commented before on women lawmakers who are leaders for animal protection in Congress, and it’s no surprise that a strong animal advocate is now featured in a series about strong women in politics. Ellen has long been a force for animals, and was instrumental in the passage of California’s Proposition 2 in 2008. She covered the issue on her nationally syndicated talk show, hosted a Los Angeles fundraiser at a critical time for the campaign, and appeared in TV ads urging voters to support the measure—which passed overwhelmingly and phases out the extreme confinement of farm animals in crates and cages so small they can barely move an inch for their entire lives. 

Ellen and Portia de Rossi were honored in 2009 as joint recipients of The HSUS’s Wyler Award, which is given to public figures who have made news on behalf of animals. And just last weekend, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” won the Genesis Award for Best Talk Show, for an episode exploring the inhumane treatment of animals in factory farms and featuring Ellen’s interview with Eating Animals author Jonathan Safran Foer.

We are grateful to Ellen for using her talents to make the world a kinder place for animals. Check out “Female Force” and celebrate Ellen’s life story and the powerful impact she has made.


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