March 31, 2005 12:19 ET

Celebrate Children's Book Day Urges The Humane Society of Canada

Attention: Assignment Editor, Education Editor, News Editor VANCOUVER, BC--(CCNMatthews - March 31, 2005) - April 2 is International Children's Book Day and The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is asking parents, educators and children to celebrate this day by reading books that feature stories and information about animals and nature.

"By combing education and entertainment we can teach kindness towards animals and respect for nature", Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director, who has 6 grandchildren. "Children like animals and are curious about their way their families work. Kids also like playing outdoors and learning more about nature. Books amplify this natural curiosity and are a wonderful way to build character, responsibility and compassion towards animals and people."

To help parents, teachers and other educators inform children about animals, the environment and other important topics, The Humane Society of Canada, which offers a number of children's books by acclaimed author Jackie Greene which can be found on our website's Online Store, has recently created an online library which can be found on our website as well (

"We created the 'HSC Cybrary' to inform people about books that we believe will help others learn more about animals and nature," says HSC Executive Director, Michael O'Sullivan, a father with two children and a houseful of pets.

Canada is a nation of pet lovers. The charity estimates that 6 out of every 10 households have a pet of some kind. That translates into more than 15 million dogs, cats, birds, fish and small animals.

O'Sullivan says that are benefits to people as well as animals. The FBI considers cruelty to animals as one of the three primary indicators of criminal potential. Scientific studies show that early childhood abuse towards animals can lead to later violent behaviour towards people. The cycle of violence it seems is continuous.

"Our online library is continually expanding and includes the latest books on the environment and animals as well as other exceptional books that are still available," continues O'Sullivan. The books in the library are for people of all ages. With education comes respect and we hope that by encouraging people to read books we help to create a kinder, gentler more ''humane society' that has a boundless ethic that includes all animals."

CONTACT: Al Hickey or Michael O'Sullivan by toll free 1-800-641-KIND or Michael on his cell phone (416) 876-9685 or 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 the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vancouver. He has 6 grandchildren.

A father with two children, and a houseful of dogs and cats, O'Sullivan has worked across Canada and in over 90 countries during the last 35 years helping people, animals and nature.]

The Humane Society of Canada works to protect dogs, cats, horses, birds, livestock, lab animals, wildlife and the environment. They carry out hands on programs to help animals and nature, mount rescue operations, expose cruelty through hard hitting undercover investigations, work to pass laws to protect animals, fund scientific research, support animal shelters and wildlife rehabilitation centres and spread the word about how to help animals and nature through humane education.

The Humane Society of Canada depends entirely on donations to support our programs to help animals and the environment. All donations are gratefully acknowledged with a receipt for income tax purposes. If you would like to support our educational campaigns please consider making a donation.
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Contact Information

  • Michael O'Sullivan, Executive Director, The Humane Society of Canada
    Primary Phone: 416-368-0405
    Secondary Phone: 416-876-9685
    Toll-Free: 800-641-5463