VANCOUVER, 8 February 2001 – Politicians in British Columbia deserve high marks for their decision to ban the killing of grizzly bears, according to The Humane Society of Canada which has over 115,000 supporters. “British Columbians have always scored higher than any other province for their concern over the welfare of wildlife,” according to Al Hickey, Western Regional Director for The Humane Society of Canada.
A study, the fourth in a series, carried out by Statistics Canada last year, found that over 96.8% of British Columbians supported the protection and not the killing of wildlife. The study also found that less than 3.2% of all British Columbians hunt.
“These magnificent animals deserve to roam free, not have their heads mounted in some macho fool’s dead room,” said The HSC Executive Director, Michael O'Sullivan.
CONTACT: Michael O'Sullivan by toll free 1-800-641-KIND or Michael on his cell phone (416) 876-9685 or at www.humanesociety.com via twitter at www.twitter.com/HSCanada and on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Humane-Society-of-Canada/211468055538280
[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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