VANCOUVER, May 1, 2001 – May 6 to 12 is Be Kind To Animals Week. And while it is wonderful to designate a week for such an important topic, The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is asking people to think about the importance of animals in our lives and to show them compassion and respect throughout the year.


“In order to make the Earth a gentler, healthier place to live we need to celebrate Be Kind To Animals Week 365 days a year” says Al Hickey, Western Regional Director for The Humane Society of Canada (HSC). “Our very existence depends on diverse populations of wild animals thriving in their natural environment. We need the companionship and joy that companion animals bring,” continues Hickey. “We need to protect them for their sake, and for our own.”


HSC Executive Director, Michael O'Sullivan, knows the importance of companion animals in our lives. O’Sullivan would like to see pets given more respect and care and he’d also like to see more of them spayed and neutered. “Pet overpopulation is one of the greatest causes of animal suffering in the world today. “It is also one of the most preventable,” says O’Sullivan who owns three dogs and two cats.

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.

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