MARCH 28/09, TORONTO -- On the eve of Earth Hour, a celebration of wildlife and the environment, on Friday evening, after City Hall offices were closed, Toronto Animal Services delivered notices to Beaches residents in the east end of Toronto, explaining how they intend to kill a coyote living in a nearby ravine. A copy of the notice can be found here.

The Humane Society of Canada angrily denounced the move, but say that they were not surprised: "Their own records show that Toronto Animal Services kills nearly every wild animal or bird they handle. We have repeatedly offered to work out a peaceful solution but our pleas have fallen on deaf ears," according to The HSC Chairman & CEO who is also a long time Beaches resident. "In more than 40 years of working in animal protection, I have never seen a more animal hating City Council than this one, " he said, noting that Toronto Animal Services' own records show that they kill every second dog and cat that the enters their animal pounds.

The notice indicates that a number of traps have been set for the coyote, and O'Sullivan says he would never give permission for the City of Toronto to come on to his own property to set such a trap.

“As a long time Beaches resident, and someone who care about pets and wildlife, I share everyone’s concern and our thoughts and prayers are with the families whose pets have been harmed. However, killing the coyote will not bring them back, nor will it stop a second coyote from moving in to fill the habitat left behind. We need to remember that Toronto is built around an interconnecting system of ravines which act like natural corridors for all wildlife. We have seen everything from foxes to deer in the city. Along with Toronto’s waterfront, we are truly blessed with an abundance of wildlife,” explains HSC Chairman & CEO Michael O’Sullivan, “and we all need to get along.”

The Humane Society of Canada is also calling on everyone to help achieve a peaceful solution by not feeding the coyote, and by following a number of additional ways to help which can be found here.

Toronto Animal Services claims says that it is the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources that is stopping them from capturing and then relocating the coyote, and O'Sullivan says this is nothing more than blaming another level of government for their own shortcomings. "This kind of incident could happen anywhere in Toronto and we are urging every citizen in Toronto to write directly to their Councilor and call for a peaceful solution and to their Provincial Member of Parliament (MPP) to demand that the coyote be relocated and not killed. A list of City Councilors can be found here, and a list of Provincial Members of Parliament (MPPs) can be found here.


CONTACT: Michael O'Sullivan by toll free 1-800-641-KIND or Michael on his cell phone (416) 876-9685 or at www.humanesociety.com via twitter at www.twitter.com/HSCanada and on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=56132698753

[For more than 17 years, Al Hickey was the Chief Executive of the BC SPCA and before that headed up the Alberta and BC Chambers of Commerce, and was the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vancouver. He has been The HSC Western Regional Director for over 12 years. He has 4 children and 6 grandchildren. For his lifetime of achievement dedicated to helping people, animals and the environment, we have bestowed upon him our prestigious Heroes for Animals Award, shared by only a handful of people and organizations.

A father with two children, and a houseful of dogs and cats, Michael O'Sullivan has worked across Canada and in over 110 countries during the last 40 years helping people, animals and nature.]

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