VANCOUVER, June 6 1999 - "Whales in Captivity - Spectacularly Cruel" is the slogan of a new campaign launched today by The Humane Society of Canada in cooperation with the UK based Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. Killer whales can travel over 100 miles each day and live in complex family groups. The campaign features a poster and a video public service announcement of a lonely killer whale crammed into a sardine can. Scientific studies sponsored in part by The Humane Society of Canada have provided dramatic new evidence that whales and dolphins are sentenced to a shorter lifespan in captivity.


"At least 134 killer whales have been taken from the wild and 104 (78%) of them are already dead. Of 54 known pregnancies in captivity worldwide, only 19 calves (35%) have survived, and there have been multiple calf deaths at the Vancouver Aquarium," said HSC Western Regional Director Al Hickey.

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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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