HARARE, Zimbabwe, June 20 1997 - Having survived an assault by pro-trade forces some endangered species around the world can breath a sigh of relief while others face renewed efforts to kill them for their horns, hides and shells, said a Humane Society of Canada observer speaking from the closing ceremony of the United Nations sponsored Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). A total of 139 nations are Parties to the treaty and Canada was one of the original signatories.

 

"The stark message from Zimbabwe today offers a bleak chance for the survival of many wildlife species. If it swims, crawls or flies and you can sell it, then anyone can kill wildlife for any reason whatsoever," said Michael O'Sullivan, the Executive Director of The Humane Society of Canada.
The African elephant, the world's largest land mammal is now facing more danger than ever before because countries voted to lift an eight year old ban on ivory that had been put in place after poachers had devastated elephant populations in over 30 African nations. However, bad news travels fast: "One ivory dealer was openly doing a brisk business over his cell phone right here during the treaty negotiations. "We have already had news of poachers armed with automatic weapons moving towards Kenya's national parks," he reported.

 


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[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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