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"Animal companions who are frightened of loud noises and bright flashes react in any of a number of ways," says Michael O'Sullivan, HSC Executive Director. "Some pets become anxious or nervous while other are terrified and try to escape – running the risk of becoming lost or injuring themselves," suggests O'Sullivan. "These animals need comforting and to be protected from potential harm."

iStock 175230610June 16, 2020, VANCOUVER – June 21 is Father’s Day and The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) would like to remind shoppers looking for that special gift for Dad to check out The HSC “Online Adventure Store” at www.humanesociety.com or call The Humane Society of Canada, toll free, at 1-800-641-KIND (5463).

“Our Online Adventure Store features some quality gifts for fathers – especially those who seem to have everything and are difficult to buy for,” says HSC Chairman & CEO, Michael O’Sullivan.

Toronto, June 10, 2020 – With a dramatic, hard hitting public service announcement: The Heat Is On, The Humane Society of Canada is again launching its nationwide campaign asking people to leave their pets at home during hot weather. 

CardinalVANCOUVER, 20 May 2020 – The Humane Society of Canada wants to remind people that wild animals are extremely vulnerable at this time of year. “Animals having and raising their young are particularly susceptible to human activities,” warns Michael O’Sullivan, HSC executive director.

Screen Shot 2019 07 01 at 5.21.26 PM"Animal companions who are frightened of loud noises and bright flashes react in any of a number of ways," says Michael O'Sullivan, HSC Executive Director. "Some pets become anxious or nervous while other are terrified and try to escape – running the risk of becoming lost or injuring themselves," suggests O'Sullivan. "These animals need comforting and to be protected from potential harm."

iStock 675330656 1May 8, 2020, Vancouver, - May 10th is Mother's Day and The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) wants people to know that they can find that special gift for Mothers and Grandmothers who like animals and nature at The Humane Society of Canada’s (HSC’s) Online Adventure Store at www.humanesociety.com. Not only will you be surprising the recipient with a thoughtful present, but your gift will be helping animals and the environment as well!

11April 22, 2020, VANCOUVER – Monday is Earth Day and a reminder that with only one planet to call home, everyone needs to pitch in and make sure that we treat every day as Earth Day says The Humane Society of Canada (HSC).

11April 22, 2019, VANCOUVER – Monday is Earth Day and a reminder that with only one planet to call home, everyone needs to pitch in and make sure that we treat every day as Earth Day says The Humane Society of Canada (HSC).

iStock 000002183032SmallApril 18, 2019, VANCOUVER – With Easter just around the corner The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is asking people to help animals during this holiday, by not buying or giving small animals and birds as gifts.

iStock 505126352February 14, 2020, VANCOUVER – If you are looking for a unique Valentine’s Day gift for that special person or furred, feathered or finned someone in your life, you might consider doing your shopping at The Humane Society of Canada’s (HSC’s) Online Adventure Store. Not only will you be surprising the recipient with a thoughtful present, but your gift will be helping animals and the environment as well!

We have very good news this Valentine's Day. A generous benefactor has agreed to triple your donation! If you have not yet made a donation, please help us save just one more life.

October 31, 2018, VANCOUVER – Halloween is a lot of fun for children, but it can be a terrifying time, and even a dangerous one, for many pets says The Humane Society of Canada (HSC). The national animal charity is asking that people ensure that their animal companions don't suffer during Halloween.

"While animal protection organizations have been effective in getting the word out about protecting black cats at Halloween, we need to be as effective about warning people with pets about more common Halloween hazards," states HSC Chairman & CEO, Michael O’Sullivan.

polar bear sunsetThe Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is asking women, men and children all across Canada to go "lights out" on March 30, 2019 for Earth Hour to help combat global warming by helping to reduce their environmental footprint. Each one of us can take small steps in our daily lives to the make the world a better world for all of us, according to The HSC's Executive Director Michael O'Sullivan. 

Dear Friend of Animals,

If you have already made a donation to help sick, injured and orphaned animals at risk, we would like to thank you for your kindness and generosity. 

If have not yet made a donation, please help us save just one more life.Capture3

The kindness and generosity of caring people like you means The Humane Society of Canada can help even more animals during this Christmas Season and the Holidays.  On behalf of the animals a heartfelt thanks.

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 “…This Christmas as we share in the warmth and joy of our beloved animal companions, please help us bring hope to animals less fortunate…”Capture1113

Dear Friend of Animals,

The situation facing animals is serious, the problems intimidating, the challenges immense. At the end of the day, help comes from those who make the personal sacrifices to get the job done. Caring people like you and I are all that stand between animals and those who want to harm them.

The good news is that with your love and donations, we are attracting more animal lovers to our family. Which means our new and improved programs make us better, stronger and faster when we work to shield animals from cruelty and suffering.

VANCOUVER, DECEMBER 24/2019 - As families have for more than 50 years, children and their parents eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa and his reindeer can watch them as they travel around the world spreading joy and Christmas cheer relying on the high tech folks at NORAD says The Humane Society of Canada (HSC).  “That wonderful bond between Santa, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and of course Rudolph reminds us once of that special age old bond between people and animals, “ says HSC Chairman & CEO, Michael O’Sullivan.

iStock 889086832Family, friends, parties, decorations, food. Christmas can be a wonderful time of year. However, many of the same things that make the holiday season an enjoyable time for humans, make it a dangerous time for household pets and larger animals such as horses.

October 27, 2019, VANCOUVER – Halloween is a lot of fun for children, but it can be a terrifying time, and even a dangerous one, for many pets says The Humane Society of Canada (HSC). The national animal charity is asking that people ensure that their animal companions don't suffer during Halloween.

"While animal protection organizations have been effective in getting the word out about protecting black cats at Halloween, we need to be as effective about warning people with pets about more common Halloween hazards," states HSC Chairman & CEO, Michael O’Sullivan.

iStock 1040975032VANCOUVER, September 4, 2019 - The Humane Society of Canada has launched a global appeal for donations to buy food, bottled water, veterinary supplies, rescue equipment and to transport them to the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Dorian. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and the families affected by Dorian,” says Michael O’Sullivan, Chairman & CEO of The Humane Society of Canada.

“We are also asking people to remember animals, often the forgotten victims in such troubled times, says O’Sullivan.” The animal charity says that while there are hundreds of relief agencies working to help people, working alongside them are only a relatively small number of groups working to help animals.

“Each one of these hard-hit communities, having lost so much, includes families who are missing their animals. Orphaned and injured wildlife are also at risk,” says O’Sullivan who has worked in disaster and war zones around the world. He says that he has no illusions about the staggering challenges faced by people and animals in overcoming the impact of this terrible disaster. “What we accomplish here will be measured by saving one animal at a time. We are talking about tens of thousands of dogs, cats, birds, livestock and wildlife who have been affected and still need help.”

As part of The Humane Society of Canada's Disaster Relief, Rescue and Recovery Program, we monitor the Canadian Hurricane Centre, NASA and the US National Weather Service for up to date information on developing Hurricane Dorian.

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As I have since 1980, I am in Geneva participating in CITES.   

As one of three co-founders in 1993 of the Species Survival Network, please find formatted versions of the SSN CoP18 Digest at the links below which reflect The Humane Society of Canada's position along with the 90 strong animal/environmental protection groups worldwide.

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Open Letter To Prime Minister Trudeau

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, 

These matters are extremely urgent and critically time-sensitive here in Geneva at the UN CITES Treaty Negotiations where, in the main, Canada has a long-standing well deserved and very tarnished reputation for promoting the killing of wildlife.  

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Open Letter To Prime Minister Trudeau

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,   

As of today, Canada is still undecided or opposing actions to protect otters, whales, elephants, rhinos, rare woods, saiga antelope and glass tree frogs.  This does not reflect Canadian values and concerns for wildlife at home or around the world.

Having worked on CITES for at least 18 years longer than members of your government delegation and for more than 50 years on the ground in the wildlife field and undercover investigations in developing nations, I am very much aware of document-heavy matters, which in our hard-won experience, emphasize process over substance.  

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Open Letter To Prime Minister Trudeau

Dear Prime Minister,

We are aware of your own personal concern for the protection of animals and those who care deeply about them.

Federal government studies have shown that over 95% of Canadians support the protection of wildlife and nature.  And that Canadians would contribute up to $ 400,00 to protect a single polar bear.

iStock 505126352February 14, 2019, VANCOUVER – If you are looking for a unique Valentine’s Day gift for that special person or furred, feathered or finned someone in your life, you might consider doing your shopping at The Humane Society of Canada’s (HSC’s) Online Adventure Store. Not only will you be surprising the recipient with a thoughtful present, but your gift will be helping animals and the environment as well!

We have very good news this Valentine's Day. A generous benefactor has agreed to triple your donation! If you have not yet made a donation, please help us save just one more life.

Thank you, Madam Chair and good morning. We are delighted to be in Switzerland and thank our gracious hosts and the secretariat for making this meeting possible.

I make this intervention on behalf of the following 17 NGOs: Animal Welfare Institute, Born Free Foundation, Born Free USA, CATCA Environmental and Wildlife Society, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Environmental Investigation Agency, IFAW, Humane Society International, Japan Wildlife Conservation Society, Natural Resource Defense Council, ProWildlife, Robin des Bois, Shark Research Institute, Special Survival Network, Whale and Dolphin Conservation and World Animal Protection.

At our last meeting, ten months ago, this Committee unequivocally found Japan to be in non-compliance with the Convention for its introduction from the sea since 2002 of 1,584 sei whales—recorded by IUCN as an endangered species— for commercial purposes, including more than 1,500 metric tons of meat from 131 sei whales caught in 2018. At SC70 the Standing Committee requested that Japan report on its implementation of remedial actions so that SC71 can decide if the provisions of Article III, paragraph 5(c), have been met or if compliance measures are necessary.

As we have heard from many previous speakers, Japan has an important issue to resolve before it is in full compliance with the Convention. Article VIII clearly requires parties to confiscate specimens that have been traded in violation of the treaty. In this case, Japan must confiscate all the sei whale meat and blubber that remains in commercial circulation, as well as unsold stock held in freezer warehouses. It must then dispose of it consistent with the provisions of Resolution Conf. 17.8 on disposal of illegally traded and confiscated specimens of CITES-listed species.

In fact, Japan is currently doing the opposite; the government assures whale meat vendors that sei meat is legal to sell and, according to a survey conducted by NGOs in June 2019, sei whale meat is widely available. Seventy four percent of whale meat vendors could supply sei products, including canned and frozen items. Sei whale meat is especially widely available online: Yahoo! Shopping Japan offered 118 different sei whale products for sale on a randomly selected day in April 2019 while a new online whale meat seller, Kujiraniku, held stocks of at least 78 tons of sei whale products in June.

CITES Parties have agreed that the commercial use of illegally traded Appendix I specimens is unacceptable; it stimulates demand and undermines the very purpose of an Appendix I listing. We urge this Committee to decide, consistent with the recommendation made by Niger and supported by many other parties, that Japan must now confiscate and dispose of all remaining sei whale products introduced from the sea since 2002.

Thank you

citesbanner2For 37 years, the staff of The Humane Society of Canada have actively participated in the administration and enforcement of CITES, an United Nations treaty to which 188 nations, including Canada (which was a founding member) are signatories. CITES stands for the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species and is the most important wildlife treaty in the world.

Cold weather and snow is making its’ seasonal appearance over much of Canada making it increasingly difficult for birds to find enough food. The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) says that people and birds can both benefit when humans assist their feathered friends by supplying them with a continual supply of quality bird feed.

Toronto, July 19, 2019 – With a dramatic, hard hitting public service announcement: The Heat Is On, The Humane Society of Canada is again launching its nationwide campaign asking people to leave their pets at home during hot weather. 

VANCOUVER, July 5, 2019 - The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is once again asking Canadians and companies not to support the cruel animal spectacles that form a part of rodeos like the Calgary Stampede which takes place this year from July 5-14.

Screen Shot 2019 07 01 at 5.21.26 PM"Animal companions who are frightened of loud noises and bright flashes react in any of a number of ways," says Michael O'Sullivan, HSC Executive Director. "Some pets become anxious or nervous while other are terrified and try to escape – running the risk of becoming lost or injuring themselves," suggests O'Sullivan. "These animals need comforting and to be protected from potential harm."

VANCOUVER, July 6, 2018 - The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is once again asking Canadians and companies not to support the cruel animal spectacles that form a part of rodeos like the Calgary Stampede which takes place this year from July 6-15.

iStock 175230610June 12, 2019, VANCOUVER – June 16 is Father’s Day and The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) would like to remind shoppers looking for that special gift for Dad to check out The HSC “Online Adventure Store” at www.humanesociety.com or call The Humane Society of Canada, toll free, at 1-800-641-KIND (5463).

“Our Online Adventure Store features some quality gifts for fathers – especially those who seem to have everything and are difficult to buy for,” says HSC Chairman & CEO, Michael O’Sullivan.

Dear Friend of Animals,

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The situation facing animals is serious, the problems intimidating, the challenges immense.  At the end of the day, help comes from those who make the personal sacrifices to get the job done.  Caring people like you and I are all that stand between animals and those who want to harm them.

The good news is that with your love and donations, we are attracting more animal lovers to our family. Which means our new and improved programs make us better, stronger and faster when we work to shield animals from cruelty and suffering.

Capture2Dear Friend of Animals,

If you have already made a donation to help sick, injured and orphaned animals at risk, we would like to thank you for your kindness and generosity.

If have not yet made a donation, please help us save just one more life. 

We have very good news.  A generous benefactor has agreed to triple your donation and we are coming ever closer to our goal of raising $ 50.000 to help even more animals.

Please make your life saving donation now and every $ 1 you donate will be matched by $3. 

VANCOUVER, DECEMBER 22/2018 - As families have for more than 50 years, children and their parents eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa and his reindeer can watch them as they travel around the world spreading joy and Christmas cheer relying on the high tech folks at NORAD says The Humane Society of Canada (HSC).  “That wonderful bond between Santa, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and of course Rudolph reminds us once of that special age old bond between people and animals, “ says HSC Chairman & CEO, Michael O’Sullivan.

iStock 889086832Family, friends, parties, decorations, food. Christmas can be a wonderful time of year. However, many of the same things that make the holiday season an enjoyable time for humans, make it a dangerous time for household pets and larger animals such as horses.

iStock 175230610June 12, 2018, VANCOUVER – June 17 is Father’s Day and The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) would like to remind shoppers looking for that special gift for Dad to check out The HSC “Online Adventure Store” at www.humanesociety.com or call The Humane Society of Canada, toll free, at 1-800-641-KIND (5463).

“Our Online Adventure Store features some quality gifts for fathers – especially those who seem to have everything and are difficult to buy for,” says HSC Chairman & CEO, Michael O’Sullivan.

iStock 675330656 1May 8, 2018, Vancouver, - May 13th is Mother's Day and The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) wants people to know that they can find that special gift for Mothers and Grandmothers who like animals and nature at The Humane Society of Canada’s (HSC’s) Online Adventure Store at www.humanesociety.com. Not only will you be surprising the recipient with a thoughtful present, but your gift will be helping animals and the environment as well!

polar bear sunsetThe Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is asking women, men and children all across Canada to go "lights out" on March 24, 2018 for Earth Hour to help combat global warming by helping to reduce their environmental footprint. Each one of us can take small steps in our daily lives to the make the world a better world for all of us, according to The HSC's Executive Director Michael O'Sullivan. 

iStock 505126352February 12, 2018, VANCOUVER – If you are looking for a unique Valentine’s Day gift for that special person or furred, feathered or finned someone in your life, you might consider doing your shopping at The Humane Society of Canada’s (HSC’s) Online Adventure Store. Not only will you be surprising the recipient with a thoughtful present, but your gift will be helping animals and the environment as well!

We have very good news this Valentine's Day. A generous benefactor has agreed to triple your donation! If you have not yet made a donation, please help us save just one more life.

January 5, 2018, TORONTO - "The arrival of biting winds, brutally cold temperatures and snow is putting some pets at risk," warns HSC Chairman & CEO, Michael O’Sullivan. 

The kindness and generosity of caring people like you means The Humane Society of Canada can help even more animals during this Christmas Season and the Holidays.  On behalf of the animals a heartfelt thanks.

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