Toronto, April 3/2009 - Updates:
Our letter to the Honourable Donna Cansfield, Ontario Minister of Natural Resources
Our letter to Mayor Miller and Toronto City Council
press release

TORONTO, March 30/09 – Fearing an even greater public backlash, the City of Toronto and the Ministry of Natural Resources have reportedly agreed to use a humane box trap to capture, "Neville", a coyote living in the Beaches, in the east of Toronto. However, The Humane Society is adopting a "wait and see" attitude to make sure that they don’t kill the animal. Local resident, Katherine Blake spearheaded a petition drive to save "Neville" which already has more than 250 signatures and is moving from the streets to the internet. You can add your name This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

"Up until twenty four hours ago, City and Provincial officials were going to kill "Neville" and their sudden change of heart is because of the public outcry over this misguided and inhumane plan. Until we actually see "Neville" safely captured and released back into the wild, quite frankly, we don’t believe a single word they tell us," said Michael O’Sullivan, The HSC Chairman & CEO. "We will be watching every move they make."

And with good reason according to O’Sullivan: "I’ve worked in animal protection for more than 40 years, and regrettably, Toronto Animals Services and the Ministry of Natural Resources have a long and terrible track record of killing rather than saving animals. Tax weary citizens are fed up with this kind of treatment from their elected officials and civil servants."

The Humane Society of Canada has also heard a rumour that once captured, "Neville" would be sent to a zoo, something the animal charity opposes. "Time after time, the provincial government has failed miserably to introduce a licensing system or any meaningful laws to protect wildlife in zoos, and "Neville" should not join those wild animals already suffering in captivity," said O’Sullivan.

A letter from The Humane Society of Canada to Toronto Mayor Miller and City Council can be found here and a copy of their letter to the Honourable Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources can be found here.

"If City Council is really serious about saving wildlife and animals, then why do they allow Toronto Animal Services to kill nearly every wild animal and bird they handle; and nearly every second dog and cat that enters their animal pounds ? Politicians don’t change because they see the light, they change because they feel the heat," said O’Sullivan.

"Our family has lived in the Beaches for many years, and as someone who cares about people, pets and wildlife, I share everyone’s concern. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families whose pets have been harmed. However, killing "Neville" the coyote will not bring him back, nor will it stop a second coyote from moving in to fill the habitat left behind. We need to remember that Toronto is built around an interconnecting system of ravines which act like natural corridors for wildlife. We have seen everything from foxes to deer in the city. Along with Toronto’s waterfront, we are truly blessed with an abundance of wildlife, and we all need to get along" explains O’Sullivan. "More violence is not the answer."

The Humane Society of Canada is also calling on everyone to help achieve a peaceful solution by not feeding "Neville", and by following a number of additional ways to help which can be found here.

"This kind of incident could happen anywhere in Toronto and we are urging every citizen in Toronto to write directly to their Councillor and call for a peaceful solution, and to their Provincial Member of Parliament to make certain that "Neville" is relocated to the wilderness and not killed. A list of City Councillors can be found here

CONTACT: Michael O'Sullivan by toll free 1-800-641-KIND or Michael on his cell phone (416) 876-9685 or at via twitter at and on Facebook at:

[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.]

The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) works to protect dogs, cats, horses, birds, rabbits and small animals, livestock, lab animals, wildlife and the environment. We carry out hands on programs to help animals and nature, mount rescue operations, expose cruelty through hard hitting undercover investigations, work to pass laws to protect animals, use a multidisciplinary approach, support animal shelters and wildlife rehabilitation centres, and spread the word about how to help animals and nature through humane education.

The only organization of its kind, seven days a week, The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) works across the street, across Canada and around the world helping people, animals and the environment.

The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) depends entirely on donations to support our programs to help animals and the environment. All donations are gratefully acknowledged with a receipt for income tax purposes. If you would like to support our educational campaigns that protect animals and the environment please make a donation here. Because when it comes to fighting cruelty and violence, we don’t give up. Ever.
Call or Write City Councilor Sandra Bussin yourself:
City Hall
100 Queen Street West Suite B28
Toronto ON M5H 2N2
Phone: 416-392-1376
Fax: 416-392-7444
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Call or Write Honourable Donna Cansfield yourself:
Minister of Natural Resources
6th floor, Room 6630
Whitney Block
99 Wellesley Street West
Toronto ON M7A 1W3
Fax: 416-325-5316
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Here's Neville the coyote himself:

Neville the Toronto Beaches Coyote

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