Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal, who introduced the bill in New York's lower house, said the undercover investigation aired by ABC News "was essential in building support for my legislation. . . . [The] graphic imagery shown by ABC helped secure over 35 co-sponsors from across the state."
Rosenthal has reintroduced the bill this year and said she is "confident that we are steadily moving toward banning this shameful behavior."
"Got Milk" aired on World News with Diane Sawyer and Nightline on January 26, 2010. Additional videos and print stories appeared on the Blotter in January, February and March 2010.
"Nightline is at the cutting edge of exposing the unseen abuses animals endure on factory farms," said Runkle of Mercy for Animals. "With Nightline at the forefront, we are moving closer to the day when state and federal laws protect farmed animals from egregious cruelty and neglect."
Schecter thanked Runkle in her acceptance speech Saturday, and accepted the award on behalf of ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross, Executive Producer Rhonda Schwartz and Nightline Executive Producer James Goldston.
Nightline was honored in the category of outstanding television news magazine for "Got Milk?". Other 2011 Genesis Award winners included Oprah Winfrey, "The Colbert Report," the film "How To Train Your Dragon," and "Sex and the City" star Kristin Davis, who was honored for her work combating elephant poaching.
"From the first Genesis Awards, in 1986, when Magnum, P.I. was recognized for the line, 'It's wrong to kill dolphins,' it's truly amazing, 25 years later, to look at the variety and caliber of today's Genesis Award honorees, all of whom explore animal protection issues in greater depth and with tremendous creativity," said Beverly Kaskey, executive producer of the annual Genesis Awards, Saturday. "Tonight is a milestone for The Genesis Awards but, more importantly, it's a milestone for all animals and their place in the social and cultural fabric of our daily lives."