VANCOUVER, December 29/2002 - "Each December 25th, many cultures and nations of Homo sapiens across this great planet, celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ," says Al Hickey, Western Regional Director of The Humane Society of Canada.

"And it’s important to remember that we need to include every living creature in our wishes for Peace on the Earth," explains, Michael O'Sullivan, Executive Director of The Humane Society of Canada. O’Sullivan, a father with two small children, and a houseful of dogs and cats, says he can’t think of any better way of doing this than by looking at it from the animals’ point of view:



"...We were there in the manger with the baby Jesus when He was born. But where are we now? Whether we walk, swim, or fly, it seems that there is no place on earth where we can hide from you.


We kept Him warm with the heat from our bodies. The quiet serenity of our presence calmed and comforted Him. The gentle rhythm of our heartbeats stilled His cries.

Every religion on earth talks about kindness towards animals. But do you practice what you preach? Some of your religious leaders, who say they are His Holy Messengers, say we have no soul. What does God believe? What do you believe?

We nurture our young and cherish them. You send your children off to die in the name of destiny, and in the name of God. We’ve been there right beside you. Ridden into battle. Driven into the ranks of your enemies. Caught up in the middle of someone else’s war so many times we’ve lost count.

You search the heavens for new life. But will you treat them the same way you treat other life here on earth? You say that you want Peace on Earth, but your actions say something completely different.

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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