VANCOUVER, May 13 1999 - The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) today praised a recent decision by the BC Supreme Court which upheld the government's ban on the hunting of grizzly bears in the Kootenay Region. "Society is moving ever closer to the day when such pointless abuse of animals by sport hunters will no longer be tolerated," said Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director.
The decision follows hard on the heels of a ruling by an Ontario court last month, where hunters challenged a ban on the spring bear hunt. Their challenge also went down in flames. And there is good reason why more and more Canadians are expressing their disgust and outrage over the killing of wildlife for sport.
A new study hot off the presses called "The Importance of Nature to Canadians", is the fourth in a series of comprehensive studies carried out by Statistics Canada on behalf of Environment Canada since 1981. The other three studies were released in 1981, 1987, and 1992.
"The results and conclusions are emphatic and crystal clear. All of the studies showed that more and more people are turning away from the violence associated with hunting," said Hickey.
The study revealed for example that over a four year period between 1992 and 1996 alone there was a 20% decrease (ie. from 1.5 to 1.2 million) in the total number of hunters. "And bear in mind, that this most recent study uses information gathered in 1996. The study reports that 95% of Canadians were not involved in hunting and that they support the protection and not the killing of wildlife," said HSC Executive Director, Michael 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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