HARARE, Zimbabwe, June 13 1997 - Canada's role in supporting a Japanese proposal that would eventually lead to the resumption of full scale commercial whaling operations came in for sharp criticism at the United Nations sponsored Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). CITES is widely recognized as perhaps the most important international wildlife treaty in the world. A total of 138 nations are Parties to the treaty and Canada was one of the original signatories.
In an open letter to Prime Minister Chretien and his newly appointed Cabinet Ministers, Michael O'Sullivan of The Humane Society of Canada who is attending the treaty negotiations wrote: "...Mr. Prime Minister, during the last twenty five years I have been privileged to work alongside many other dedicated Canadians in over sixty different countries around the world. I would respectfully suggest to you that Canada's posture in support of commercial whaling is something which neither Canadians nor the international community expect from us..."
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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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