February 4, 2005, VANCOUVER - The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is hoping that a $1,000 reward being offered through their Victims of Cruelty program will help to bring to justice those responsible for killing more than 50 bald eagles in North Vancouver. The reward is for information resulting in the conviction of those responsible for killing the bald eagles.
According to Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director, it is crucial that whoever is responsible for killing these animals is caught.
"You have to be concerned about anyone who can have such disrespect for such a magnificent creature," says Hickey. "Worldwide, bald eagles are an endangered species and are considered to be a protected species in BC; killing one is in contradiction of BC's Wildlife Act."
"There are some indications that the bald eagles were poached for their talons and feathers - as these were removed from the bodies.
Anyone with information pertaining to the slaughter of more than 50 bald eagles in North Vancouver is asked to contact The BC Conservation Officer Service at 1-800-663-WILD (9453) or The Humane Society of Canada at 1-800-641-KIND (5463).
Executive Director Michael O'Sullivan says that it is these types of crimes involving animals that were responsible for The Humane Society of Canada creating the Victims of Cruelty program.
The Humane Society of Canada has offered a similar reward for the shooting of four horses last January, and for the shooting of a three-year-old, female Pinto pony in Arden, Ontario in 2002. "In both cases the murderers were found, convicted, fined and given a prison sentence. We're hoping that those responsible for these acts of cruelty in Alberta are also apprehended and dealt with accordingly," says HSC Executive Director, Michael O'Sullivan.
"The sooner we get those responsible for these brutal acts the better. Anyone capable of committing such violent crimes is capable of carrying out similar acts. And other animals won't necessarily be the next victims either. Our experience has shown a link between cruelty to animals and violence against people, so much so that the American FBI identifies animal abuse as one of the three leading indicators of future criminal potential," said O'Sullivan.
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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