TORONTO, April 18 1999 - "As if the people of Kosovo don't have enough problems already. Along comes John Efford galloping to the rescue with tons of seal meat. What an idiot," said Michael O'Sullivan, Executive Director of The Humane Society of Canada (HSC). O'Sullivan who has worked in war zones like Kuwait and Angola was referring to Efford's suggestion that hundreds of thousands of seals be killed to feed refugees fleeing the war in Kosovo. "The one thing that Newfoundland's Provincial Fisheries Minister, and his federal counterpart David Anderson, have in common is that they are both blaming seals instead of fishermen for putting 60,000 people permanently out of work," said O'Sullivan.


He also says holding out false hopes to fishermen that most of them will eventually be able to return to work is not only cruel, but that it simply isn't going to happen. What Newfoundland desperately needs is a more diversified economy. In the past, O'Sullivan admits he's made the mistake of dealing exclusively with governments, but not any longer. He says his organization will instead begin forging alliances with the private sector for business opportunities. Because in his words: "Most of these politicians and bureaucrats wouldn't last five minutes out here in the real world if they had to be accountable and show a profit."


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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