March 9, 2004, TORONTO – The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) congratulates the Government of Ontario for permanently banning the hunting of wolves in Algonquin Provincial Park.
“We support the Ontario government’s compassionate decision to eliminate the hunting of wolves in Algonquin Provincial Park,” states Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director. “We are also pleased with the Government of Ontario’s proposed ban on the hunting and trapping of wolves and coyotes in Algonquin Park and surrounding townships – including the chasing of these animals with dogs.”
HSC Executive Director Michael O’Sullivan is also pleased with the Government of Ontario’s humane gesture in protecting wolves in the province.
“For centuries wolves have been persecuted by our species,” says O’Sullivan. “It is about time that we started helping these intelligent animals and stopped brutally killing them. We are delighted with Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay’s announcement of wolf protection in and around Algonquin Provincial Park. We’re also pleased with the province’s proposal of placing the Eastern Wolf on the species at risk list in Ontario.”
While The Humane Society of Canada applauds the wolf protection measures taken by the Government of Ontario, additional steps must be taken to ensure the long-term survival of these animals and other large mammals.
“While the Ontario Government has made a significant start to protecting wolves in Ontario, much more needs to be done to ensure that wolves, and other animals who need large territories, continue to live in healthy populations,” advises O’Sullivan. “Large, extensive, protected corridors that link parks, wild lands and other reasonably safe areas for large mammals need to be established and monitored as soon as possible. Banning the hunting and trapping of wolves is a great start. If we can also create large, protected areas of suitable habitat we can ensure that future generations of humans will be able to live in harmony with these incredible animals.”
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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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