VANCOUVER, March 18, 2002 - The issue of what people eat is a sensitive one but that hasn't stopped The Humane Society of Canada from urging Canadians to participate in MEATOUT 2002 on Wednesday March 20th. "Taking part is easy. All you have to do is not eat meat for one day. Whatever happens after that is pretty much up to you," says Al Hickey, Western Regional Director of The Humane Society of Canada (HSC).

Human health, environmental damage and humane concerns for farm animals are the driving forces behind a growing number of people who are reducing or eliminating meat from their diet altogether. Many family farms have also been replaced by agribusiness, according to the organization.


"Lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, allergic reactions to antibiotics, and a reduced risk of intestinal cancer are just some of the human health reasons why many people are putting less meat on their dinner table," said Hickey.

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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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