VANCOUVER, OCT.11/2001 - Bjossa, the killer whale, is dead because of every man, woman and child who paid the Vancouver Aquarium to see her in prison, says The Humane Society of Canada (HSC). The organization will be asking the Stanley Park Board for permission to build a memorial for all of the whales and dolphins who have died at the Vancouver Aquarium

"Suddenly, without warning, a terrified young Orca was torn away from her family pod, and then imprisoned for 21 terrible years. Now, in her death, she is finally at peace, rescued from the horror of her existence," said Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director.


"We'll never know what her family named her, instead, adding insult to injury, this terrified young whale was called Bjossa by her jailers. For 21 long years, hundreds of thousands of men, women and children paraded past her concrete tank, 'oohing and ahhing', as they tapped on the thick glass of her concrete prison. And they bought into one of the most feeble excuses ever offered up by the 'scientists' that put in her prison: that we can only save whales if we steal them from their families," said Hickey. "What a self serving bunch of nonsense."

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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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