VANCOUVER, JUNE 4/2000 – "The warm spring and summer weather means that people bring out their gardening tools. And without meaning to, we can put children, people and animals at risk. However, with a little education, compassion and common sense, we can make having a beautiful garden safer for everyone," according to Al Hickey, Western Regional Director for The Humane Society of Canada (HSC).


"Perfect" Lawns Are Far From Perfect


"Our quest for green, weed-free lawns and gardens is putting pets, wildlife and people at risk - not to mention the health of the environment. With the best of intentions, this often involves dumping varying amounts of harmful chemicals into the environment every year. Some of the chemicals dumped on the ground put animals and people, particularly children, directly at risk. Others leach down contaminating the soil and water supplies. Chemicals are also washed into rivers, streams and lakes polluting these vital waterways, " explains Michael O'Sullivan, HSC Executive Director who has two small children and five pets himself.

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.

The only organization of its kind, seven days a week, The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) works across the street, across Canada and around the world helping people, animals and the environment.

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