VANCOUVER, March 11/2001 - With March break just around the corner, many Canadians will be heading south to escape those grey days of snow and cold. And with a little bit of effort and planning, people can have a great time and be kind to animals and nature according to Al Hickey, Western Regional Director for The Humane Society of Canada. "We are asking you to leave only foot prints and to take back only photographs and memories," says Hickey.


While some people unknowingly bring back items that they shouldn't have, others callously try to smuggle live animals, animal parts and plants back into the country. "People caught bringing animals or other illegal items into the country can face fines and imprisonment, warns HSC Executive Director, Michael O'Sullivan.


"Statistics Canada reports that Canadians take over 91 million airline flights each year to the United States and overseas destinations, even though only about 22% of Canadians have passports. The world really is a very small place, and I truly believe in the power of one. The actions of even one thoughtful person can make a difference,” 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.]

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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