VANCOUVER, Nov. 25 1997 - As the APEC Forum (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) wound up its meetings in Vancouver today, brush fires continue to rage in Indonesia, commercial fisheries are facing a worldwide collapse, Japanese vessels continue to slaughter whales in an ocean sanctuary, and fifty to one hundred species continue to vanish every day. "This economic powerhouse has spoken loud and clear. People, animals and the environment can look forward to a hard time on Planet Earth," according to Michael O'Sullivan, Executive Director of The Humane Society of Canada.


He accused an ongoing assault by pro-trade forces of threatening the quality of life on earth for every living thing: "Highly paid lobbyists made up of former civil servants and industry representatives have mounted well financed campaigns aimed at exploiting existing tensions between the North and South, and creating an even greater split between rich and poor nations," said O'Sullivan.


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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