VANCOUVER, May 9, 2003 - During the weekend of April 26/27 2003, a goose and an emu were clubbed to death in their enclosures at the Little Farmers’ Petting Zoo in Kamloops B.C. Five rabbits at the zoo also went missing. "We want to help with the investigation and The Humane Society of Canada is offering a $1,000 reward for information resulting in the arrest and conviction of those responsible for these despicable acts," says Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director.


"We’re appalled and disgusted with the brutal acts that were carried out against these defenceless birds and animals. Whoever is responsible for these violent, unprovoked attacks should be caught as soon as possible," states Hickey.


Michael O’Sullivan, HSC Executive Director, is also very concerned about those responsible for these killings - and what they might do next.

"Anyone who could commit such a premeditated act of violence on gentle birds and animals could very well move on to people next. A connection exists between cruelty to animals and violence against people. Marc Lepine, Paul Bernardo, Theodore Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, Albert DeSalvo, and David Berkowitz are only a few examples of killers who were cruel to animals first before harming people," warns O’Sullivan.

Anyone with information on these killings is asked to contact the Kamloops RCMP at 1-250-828-3000 or The Humane Society of Canada (toll free) at: 1-800-641-KIND (5463).

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.]

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