February 6, 2004, VANCOUVER – The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is pleased with the European Union’s decision to suspend imports of Grizzly Bear hunting trophies from British Columbia.

 

“This compassionate decision was made to ensure the Grizzly Bear’s survival which is listed as of ‘special concern’ throughout their range in Canada,” says Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director. “Hopefully, this will greatly reduce the number of foreign hunters coming into Canada to kill Grizzly Bears.”

 

HSC Executive Director Michael O’Sullivan is angry that it takes agencies outside of Canada to protect wildlife inside of British Columbia.

“Why isn’t the Government of British Columbia offering adequate protection for Grizzly Bears? In repeated federal government surveys, British Columbians scored the highest of any province in their show of support to protect endangered wildlife and habitat. Politicians and bureaucrats need to set aside their own ignorance and arrogance and starting paying attention to taxpayers who want and expect better,” says HSC Executive Director, Michael O'Sullivan.

O’Sullivan hopes that the EU’s decision will send a message to all Canadians.

“Even if our country doesn’t see the urgency in preserving our beautiful and majestic wildlife, others do,” says O’Sullivan. “Because, unfortunately, they’ve learned harsh lessons from decimating many of their own wildlife species. We need to learn from their mistakes, before it’s too late for our wildlife,” says O’Sullivan.

Last spring, The Humane Society of Canada joined a coalition of many concerned groups and individuals who wrote to members of the European Union supporting their efforts to establish an EU import ban on Grizzly Bear trophies.

“Wildlife needs to be protected for its own sake and as a natural heritage for future generations. The world needs more wildlife flourishing in their natural habitat; we don’t need any more stuffed trophies gathering dust in a dead room in someone’s basement,” says O’Sullivan.

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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