April 22, 2003, VANCOUVER - The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is appalled and disgusted with the reported slaughter of 14 endangered caribou, and the wounding of at least one other, in south-central Labrador. Five of the slaughtered caribou were pregnant, their calves invaluable to the continued survival of the herd. The caribou were from the endangered, and protected, Red Wine herd. Conservation officers chased three hunters who fled across the Quebec border and agencies from both provinces are cooperating to identify and capture them.

"We congratulate the conservation officers in their attempts to apprehend those poachers responsible for this ruthless, despicable act," says Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director. "To help find the criminals who decimated an already endangered herd of caribou, The Humane Society of Canada is offering a $1,000 reward for information resulting in the arrest and conviction of those responsible for this brutal act."

HSC Executive Director Michael O’Sullivan is angry that such a cowardly and violent crime could occur to a herd that is only a small fraction of the size it was two decades ago. The herd has dwindled from 800 to now only 85 animals after the poaching took place.

"Whoever was involved must be caught and punished to the fullest extent of the law," states O’Sullivan. "This kind of planned, cruel act must not go unpunished. We need to protect animals or, at the very least, allow them to live their lives without threatening their existence."

The publics’ assistance is needed to help conservation officers in the Northwest River District, Labrador to solve this brutal crime. Anyone with information can contact The Humane Society of Canada at: 1-800-641-KIND (5463) or the Northwest River District Office 1-709-497-8479.

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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