TORONTO, Jan. 22 1999 - In reacting to the recent ban on spring bear hunting in Ontario, U.S. rocker and bear killer Ted Nugent has threatened to organize a tourism boycott. The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) has a crystal clear message for Nugent: "Mind your own business."
"Boy, it must sure have been a slow news day," said HSC Executive Director Michael O'Sullivan, referring to the fact that Nugent's comments were even picked up by reporters.
"Just what Canadians need. Another loud mouthed American hunter telling us how to run our country," he said. Repeated government polls have shown that 8 out of 10 Canadians support the protection and not the killing of wildlife. "Somebody needs to draw this guy a map and remind him that Canada is not the 51st State," said O'Sullivan.
Nugent's remarks were carried in a Canadian Press story. The U.S. rockstar is demanding that Canada repeal our federal gun control laws and he is also an enthusiastic bow hunter who said he's already killed about a dozen Ontario black bears. In retaliation for not being able to kill any more bears during the spring, Nugent reportedly said: "I am going to shut off the flow of American dollars into Canada, not just for bear hunting, for anything, and I can do it," said Nugent.
CONTACT: Michael O'Sullivan by toll free 1-800-641-KIND or Michael on his cell phone (416) 876-9685 or at www.humanesociety.com via twitter at www.twitter.com/HSCanada and on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Humane-Society-of-Canada/211468055538280[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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