March 31, 2005, VANCOUVER – April 2 is International Children’s Book Day and The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is asking parents, educators and children to celebrate this day by reading books that feature stories and information about animals and nature.


“By combing education and entertainment we can teach kindness towards animals and respect for nature”, Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director, who has 6 grandchildren. “Children like animals and are curious about their way their families work. Kids also like playing outdoors and learning more about nature. Books amplify this natural curiosity and are a wonderful way to build character, responsibility and compassion towards animals and people.”

To help parents, teachers and other educators inform children about animals, the environment and other important topics, The Humane Society of Canada, which offers a number of children’s books by acclaimed author Jackie Greene which can be found here, has recently created an online library which can be found here.

“We created the ‘HSC Cybrary’ to inform people about books that we believe will help others learn more about animals and nature,” says HSC Executive Director, Michael O’Sullivan, a father with two children and a houseful of pets.

Canada is a nation of pet lovers. The charity estimates that 6 out of every 10 households have a pet of some kind. That translates into more than 15 million dogs, cats, birds, fish and small animals.

O’Sullivan says that are benefits to people as well as animals. The FBI considers cruelty to animals as one of the three primary indicators of criminal potential. Scientific studies show that early childhood abuse towards animals can lead to later violent behaviour towards people. The cycle of violence it seems is continuous.

“Our online library is continually expanding and includes the latest books on the environment and animals as well as other exceptional books that are still available,” continues O’Sullivan. The books in the library are for people of all ages. With education comes respect and we hope that by encouraging people to read books we help to create a kinder, gentler more ‘’humane society’ that has a boundless ethic that includes all animals.”

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.

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