News Release For Immediate Release Princess Maja receives “Shining World Hero Award” from Master Ching Hai Hamburg, Germany - Her Highness Princess Maja von Hohenzollern of Germany is a modern day princess who has her own jewelry line and leads a glamorous life as a TV host. But Princess Maja also has a compassionate heart. She is an ambassador of the European Animal and Nature Protection Association and works tirelessly to get animal welfare laws passed in the European Union. She says, “At some time we really have to come to a basic solution that people simply understand from their hearts that animals are part of the creation that they have a soul, and that people treat them with respect and love, just like they treat children.” Princess Maja, a vegetarian, also personally works to help any animals that she finds are in need. Not only has she adopted 11 dogs and 3 cats of her own, she has saved the lives of hundreds of animals by finding them homes and families. Her Royal Highness can now list the “Shining World Hero Award” amongst her many accomplishments. The prestigious award, presented in Hamburg, Germany on July 28, 2011, was given to the Princess by Master Ching Hai, a world renowned humanitarian, peacemaker, environmentalist, Amazon #1 best-selling author of many books including The Noble Wilds, The Dogs in My Life, The Birds in My Life, and www.Crisis2Peace.com, spiritual teacher, and acclaimed artist, who is recognized worldwide for her humanitarian outreach and global campaign to establish peace and a winning climate change solution. She is also a television pioneer having started a constructive global news station that broadcasts worldwide via satellite and Internet in an unprecedented 60 languages. The award was given in recognition of her work for the animals. The award came with 10,000 euros to support Princess Maja’s many campaigns to defend the rights of animal and for advocating for their legal protection. In the letter included with the award plaque and cheque, Master Ching Hai wrote, “This Award is presented in recognition of the ... courage You show by taking a public stance in defense of the fundamental rights of humanity’s very precious animal co-inhabitants … With intelligence and charming gracefulness, You encourage… the European Parliament, and all humanity to understand that animals, like us, have souls and are to be respected.” In her acceptance speech HRH Princess Maja von Hohenzollern said, “Obviously, many people are still unaware of the connection between animal welfare, ecology, world hunger, and meat consumption.” After the award presentation, the Princess conveyed the following words to Master Ching Hai, “My heartfelt gratitude and also really deep respect to Master Ching Hai. I am really glad that together we can make such a difference on this road.“ After hearing of the HRH Princess Maja von Hohenzollern’s efforts to stop thousands of dogs from being exported from Thailand to Vietnam where they are cruelly skinned alive before being sold as meat, Master Ching Hai donated another USD $30,000 to Princess Maja’s organization. With the funds, the Princess organized a big spay and neuter action in the region of Chiang Mai from the 17th to 26th of September, 2011. “We are overwhelmed by Master Ching Hai’s willingness to help.” Other recipients of the “Shining World Hero Award” include the organization Reporters Without Borders, Chairman of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Dr. Rajendra Pauchari, NBA star John Salley, and Dr. James Hansen of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. For more information please contact Bea at [email protected] or +1 250 652-7020. Video Footage is at this link. Extra photos can be picked up at this link. To unsubscribe, reply to [email protected] with “unsubscribe” in the subject line.