VANCOUVER, December 31/2001 - For the first time ever, The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) has issued a special report entitled: ‘Protecting Animals and the Earth 2001’. "Compiled from news sources here in Canada and around the world, the report highlights important events affecting people, animals and the planet", said Al Hickey, Western Regional Director of The Humane Society of Canada (HSC). "The report is intended to be an annual look at where we’ve been and where we’re headed", Hickey continued.

"It’s been said that those who ignore history, are doomed to repeat it. We need to make sure that our science does not continue to outstrip our wisdom to use it properly. It is all about saving us from ourselves", said HSC Executive Director, Michael O'Sullivan. "The tragic events of September 11th have also driven home with a terrible clarity, that one person half a world away, can affect the lives of every man, woman and child on the planet".

"The difference we make today counts in all of our tomorrows," he said.

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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