2015 Pet Hero Award Winner - Kristy Hinze Clark
Humanitarian of the Year
With an ardent enthusiasm and a true calling for both pets and philanthropy, Kristy Hinze Clark is a perfect choice for the Pet Philanthropy Circle’s “Humanitarian of the Year” Award. Both Kristy and her husband, founder of Netscape, Jim Clark, work tirelessly to defend both animal and aquatic life. As philanthropists with a shared passion for animals and oceans, they are fierce advocates of rescuing and generously give to many shelters and marine conservation organizations around the world. In 2010, Jim Clark won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for THE COVE. The film is a call to action to halt mass dolphin kills, change Japanese fishing practices, and to inform and educate the public about the risks and increasing hazard of mercury poisoning from dolphin meat. The film highlights the that the number of dolphins killed each year is several times greater than the number of whales killed in the Antarctica and claims that 23,000 dolphins and porpoises are killed in Japan every year. The film also won the U.S. Audience Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Kristy, a Ford supermodel, who graced the covers of Sports Illustrated, Australian Vogue and the Victoria’s Secret catalogue, uses her celebrity status to promote animal welfare globally.
Always the role model for rescue, Kristy and Jim live with their three Miniature Schnauzer rescues, Brandon, Ava and Elwood in addition to their two daughters, Dylan and Harper. Be it horses, dogs, domestic or wild, she continues to defend the voiceless.
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