The Reader‘s Mick Dumke was hailed last Saturday night in Beverly Hills. At a banquet attended by many of LA’s most glittering swells, who gathered to enjoy a “gourmet vegan” meal and celebrate the rights of animals, he received a Genesis Award from the Humane Society of the United States. Each year the society honors journalists for work that focuses on animal issues; Dumke was cited for best newspaper magazine feature for a piece he freelanced to the Tribune Magazine before coming on staff here, “Ruffling Feathers: Once Viewed as Crazies, Animal Rights Activists Say Their Message Is Starting to Get Through,” which presented a “new perspective on the animal rights movement, acknowledging the mainstream acceptance of the issues the movement espouses.” Here’s a link to a summary of his winning article — unless you’re a subscriber you’ll have to pay to read the whole thing.