TORONTO, May 12 1999 - The controversy over attempts by American natives to kill grey whales off the coast of British Columbia has taken a new twist, with The Humane Society of Canada accusing the Department of Fisheries and Oceans of fronting for Japanese whaling interests by undermining international conservation treaties and violating Canadian laws.


"Japan has worked tirelessly for an end to the international ban on the trade in whale meat, which would pave the way for a return to commercial whaling," said Michael O'Sullivan, spokesman for The Humane Society of Canada. "And with the help of David Anderson and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, they may finally get what they want," he said.
O'Sullivan believes that the American hunters and their Canadian native counterparts are being secretly supported and financed by the Japanese Government and whalers which are looking for allies to overcome Japan's image as an environmental outlaw. His group is continuing its ongoing investigations into former civil servants who once worked for the Canadian Government and who are now employed as lobbyists by Japanese whalers.


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.]

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