TORONTO, Oct. 24 1997 - As the International Whaling Commission wound up its 49th Meeting in Monaco, whales and the rest of the world are still being held hostage by Japan and Norway according to Michael O'Sullivan, Executive Director of The Humane Society of Canada. Speaking from Monaco where he has been attending as an accredited observer over the past week O'Sullivan said: "The killing of whales by Japan and Norway is on the rise. There are 191 countries representing over 6 billion people on earth. And only Japan and Norway, two of the wealthiest nations on earth, continue to slaughter whales in defiance of international law."


Originally formed in 1946, the 39 member Commission is made up largely of nations which have abandoned their operations. Only Japan and Norway still engage in commercial whaling operations. Canada has been an observer since 1983 when it withdrew from full membership status in the Commission. However, O'Sullivan expressed deep concern over Canada's ongoing involvement in the killing of whales.


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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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