December 1, 2003, VANCOUVER – Working in cooperation with the Island Nature Trust and Crimestoppers, The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is offering a $1,000 reward for information resulting in the conviction of those responsible for shooting and killing a Bald Eagle near Mount Stewart, Prince Edward Island earlier this month.

 

“Whoever killed this magnificent bird needs to be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” says Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director. “Besides the sheer cruelty of the act, we also have to be concerned because there is a correlation between animal cruelty and violence against people. There were 21 BB-pellets found in the eagle and its legs had been removed. Whoever is capable of killing an innocent animal and then chopping off its legs is likely capable of violent crimes against humans as well.”

 

“There are only 30 pairs of Bald Eagles on Prince Edward Island. This crime could significantly affect the biodiversity and breeding capabilities of the local population,” says HSC Executive Director Michael O’Sullivan.

Canadians are nature lovers according to the animal charity. Repeated public surveys have shown that more than 95% of Canadians support the protection and not the killing of wildlife, and that less than 5% of Canadians are involved in the recreational killing of wildlife. One third of Canadian households also feed and watch wildlife.

The person involved can be charged under the province’s new Wildlife Conservation Act and the Criminal Code of Canada. Financial rewards offered by The Humane Society of Canada in order to break cases involving cruelty to animals have been successful in the past and the organisation hopes that it will help break this case as well.

Anyone having information about this case is asked to contact the Humane Society of Canada, toll-free at 1-800-641-KIND (5463), the Island Nature Trust at 902-892-7513 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Anyone who would like to donate to The Humane Society of Canada’s Victims of Cruelty Reward Program to help solve crimes against animals and nature can contact the organization at 1-800-641-5463 or through their website at www.humanesociety.com.

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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