VANCOUVER/SANTIAGO, November 21/2002 - Over 1,200 delegates from 141 countries wrapped up critical United Nations wildlife treaty negotiations last Friday in Santiago, Chile with a general consensus that wildlife was a big winner at the meetings of CITES, the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species.

However, Michael O’Sullivan isn’t quite as optimistic. In his role as Executive Director of The Humane Society of Canada, he has actively participated in the administration and enforcement of CITES for nearly 20 years where he works to protect Canadian interests abroad and to offer Canadian assistance to protect the world’s vanishing wildlife. He and his staff have carried out scientific research, field projects and conducted dangerous undercover investigations.

O’Sullivan says the way in which Canadian officials behave at these meetings is a strong indicator of what’s wrong here in Canada with our repeated failure to pass a federal Endangered Species Act and mount meaningful action plans to protect wildlife species at risk. He files this special report: The Price of Every Living Thing - Endangered Species At Risk, from Santiago, Chile where he has been attending as an accredited observer at the critical negotiations for this United Nations treaty.

A copy of this report is available either online or by calling our toll-free number 1-800-647-KIND (5463) and requesting a hard copy.

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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