14 March 2002

M. Rémy Trudel
Ministre des Relations avec les citoyens
Et de l’Immigration
Édifice Marie-Guyart
1050, rue Louis-Alexandre-Taschereau
Aile René-Lévesque, 3e étage
Québec, QC G1R 5E6


Re: Hunting 18,000 birds in Argentina

Dear Minister,

I am writing you on behalf of our 115,000 supporters nation-wide, and the millions of Canadians who share our views about the protection of animals and nature to express our shock and outrage at the numbers of birds that you killed while on vacation.

The sheer number of birds that your party destroyed is staggering. Over a 6-day trip, 18,000 birds were slaughtered, on average that is 3,000 birds a day. Even in your own words, as quoted in Montreal’s Le Journal, it had ceased to be a hunt and you were simply shooting.

We are demanding a full-scale investigation. If the investigation reveals evidence both sufficient and admissible, we will be recommending that you be forced to return to Argentina to face prosecution.

According to our research, Argentine law does not permit the slaughter of this many birds.

In terms of your statement about respecting nature while hunting; did you ensure that you were not using lead shot? Lead shotgun shells used for hunting birds and waterfowl typically contain about 280 lead pellets. If you give an average of 1000 to 2000 shotshells being used on Argentinean hunting trips everyday, you are looking at 280,000-560,000 lead pellets being released into the environment a day. To put it another way, on average a half a pound of lead is released into the environment for every bird that goes down.

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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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