VANCOUVER, June 2 1999 - Michael O'Sullivan has just returned from Grenada and he is furious. He had been participating in meetings of the International Whaling Commission, and what he found shocked and disgusted him: "Our investigation has revealed beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Canada is out to wreck the international ban on the trade in whale meat," said an angry Michael O'Sullivan, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Canada.


He says that he asked ten other nations for help in challenging Canada's actions, but was told that it was an internal matter. In other words: "If Canadians can't stop their own government from behaving this way, what do you expect us to do about it?" said O'Sullivan. "And you know something, they're absolutely right. These nations respond to their tax paying citizens. They have worked long and hard to protect whales. Why should they be asked to take responsibility for the illegal actions of our government?"


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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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