VANCOUVER, March 6, 2002 - Many Canadians will soon be heading south to escape the snow and cold, and with a little help they can be Green Tourists according to Michael O’Sullivan, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Canada (HSC). "Well-meaning but uninformed tourists often leave their mark on these distant environmentally-sensitive lands. When it comes to visiting wilderness areas, the idea of taking only photographs and leaving only footprints helps local people, wildlife and the environment."

While some people unknowingly bring back items that they shouldn’t have, others callously try to smuggle live animals and animal parts back into the country. "People caught bringing animals or other illegal items into the country can face criminal charges," warns Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director.