May 22, 2004, VANCOUVER – The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is appalled that UK retailer, Tesco PLC, was linked to products from Japan’s hunting of dolphins, porpoises and whales. More recently, Seiyu, a Japanese supermarket chain operator affiliated with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., was linked to selling whale and dolphin meat according to the Environmental Investigation Agency.

 

“Selling products from Japan’s brutal slaughters of whales, dolphins and porpoises is despicable,” says Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director. “While these animals are brutally killed under the ‘auspices’ of scientific research, their meat ends up for sale to consumers,” states an angry Hickey.

 

HSC Executive Director, Michael O’Sullivan, is also upset because Japanese whalers, in defiance of the IWC and almost every country in the world, kills whales in Antarctica waters which are regarded by most nations as a sanctuary for these intelligent mammals.

“Besides from slaughtering whales in what most nations regard as protected waters, Japan is also increasing the number of whales that they slaughter,” says O’Sullivan. “If that wasn’t terrible enough, not only is Japan killing Minke whales, they are also killing the endangered Bryde’s whales and Sperm whales.”

Canadians are very protective of animals and the environment. There have been numerous Canadian studies on the importance of wildlife to Canadians and 95% of Ontarians support the protection and not the killing of wildlife. A recent survey for the Canadian Wildlife Service shows that less than 5% of Canadians hunt and this number is becoming smaller each year. The Humane Society of Canada encourages people to use economics, when necessary, to help protect animals and the natural world.

“How we choose to spend our hard-earned money speaks volumes to companies,” points out O’Sullivan. “Canadians can let Wal-Mart know that they’re disgusted with their association with the killing of whales and dolphins for profit by writing Wal-Mart Stores Inc., speaking with the manager of their local Wal-Mart store and, if required, by switching their shopping allegiance to another company. ‘Responsible shopping’ is a relatively easy way that Canadians can effectively help animals and the environment,” states O’Sullivan.

The Humane Society of Canada is asking Canadians who disagree with the slaughter of these beautiful, intelligent and endangered creatures to let Wal-Mart Stores Inc. know their feelings. For more information on who to contact, check The HSC website at www.humanesociety.com or call, toll-free, 1-800-641-KIND (5463).

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/pages/The-Humane-Society-of-Canada/211468055538280

[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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