VANCOUVER, May 3, 2002 - This year Be Kind to Animals Week is taking place from May 5 - 11. The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is asking that people do what they can to help animals during this week and to continue this kindness throughout the year.


Al Hickey, HSC’s Western Regional Director, says that animals need to be treated better whether they are pets, wild animals or farm animals. "Millions of dogs and cats are killed every year in North America because there are not enough homes for them. Intensive farming causes unimaginable suffering for cows, chickens, pigs and other animals. The destruction of natural habitat, hunting and trapping kills many wild animals and wipes many species from the face of the Earth on a daily basis," states Hickey.


HSC Executive Director Michael O’Sullivan says it is unfortunate that a week dedicated to being kind to animals is even necessary, but that it can help with the way we treat animals. "Alerting people to animal suffering, suggesting simple ways that they can help to alleviate this suffering and encouraging them to continue their humane ways throughout the years is very important if our species is going to reverse our exploitive and cruel relationship with animals," says O’Sullivan.

"Being kind to animals doesn’t have to take considerable time or money" points out O’Sullivan. "Planting some native trees or bushes for wildlife, using cruelty-free products or adopting a pet in need if you’re looking for an animal companion are a few simple things that you can do that are good for animals and yourself."

The following are a few other simple ways that people can be kind to animals:

  • Spend more time with your pets and ensure they receive regular veterinary examinations.
  • Stop using pesticides, herbicides and other unnecessary, harmful products.
  • Minimize your negative impacts on the Earth. Practice the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle). When vacationing consider taking environmentally friendly ecotours.
  • Eliminate or reduce meat from your diet. Use organic produce when possible.
  • Report cases of animal neglect and abuse.
  • Teach children to be kind to animals.
  • Support your local animal shelter.
  • Support companies that have good "track records" pertaining to animal and environmental issues.

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.

The only organization of its kind, seven days a week, The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) works across the street, across Canada and around the world helping people, animals and the environment.

The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) depends entirely on donations to support our programs to help animals and the environment. All donations are gratefully acknowledged with a receipt for income tax purposes. If you would like to support our educational campaigns that protect animals and the environment please make a donation here. Because when it comes to fighting cruelty and violence, we don’t give up. Ever.