TORONTO, March 16, 2016 /CNW/ - The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) today
asked a simple question: "Why not tell your readers the whole story,
"When big media organizations fail to include hard facts in their story,
they are doing their own readers a great disservice," said Michael
O'Sullivan, Executive Director and CEO of the HSC.
O'Sullivan was referring to the months-long efforts of two Toronto Star
reporters, an "investigation" that has been aided by the Canada Revenue
Agency (CRA). For months, the Star has been publishing false and
defamatory allegations about the HSC, relying upon CRA claims. Many of
the claims have been proven to be false, and where mistakes were made,
the expenses were repaid.
As has happened with many other non-governmental agencies, the HSC was
targeted by CRA "audits" during the Harper government era. These
audits were aimed at punishing NGOs whose "politics" were at odds with
then then-governing Conservative party. The HSC has had a long history
of advocating against the seal hunt on the East coast, and whale hunts
on the West coast.
HSC took CRA to court, and provided evidence to back up the expense
"The Toronto Star alleges that HSC engaged in wrongdoing, because it
purchased vintage comic books as investments," said O'Sullivan. "But
they declined to tell their readers that they already possessed proof -
even photographic proof - that the comics and other materials were
resold at more than twice their value, and that those profits were
re-invested in HSC."
The items were sold to facilitate the animal welfare work the HSC does
(see attached photograph of HSC sales booth at Fan Expo Canada
2013). The HSC is considering its options, O'Sullivan said, including
possible legal action against the two Toronto Star reporters and the
O'Sullivan added that donors and supporters should rest assured that his
organization will continue to operate, and added that any support would
be gratefully received. "We intend to keep doing what we have done for
many years - protecting animals. Scare tactics from media and the
government will not stop the outstanding work we do,"
The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) works to protect dogs, cats, horses,
birds, rabbits and small animals, livestock, lab animals, wildlife and
the environment. It carries out programs to help animals and nature,
mount rescue operations, expose cruelty through hard hitting undercover
investigations, work to pass laws to protect animals, use a
multidisciplinary approach, support animal shelters and wildlife
rehabilitation centres, and spread the word about how to help animals
and nature through humane education. The only organization of its kind,
HSC works across the street, across Canada and around the world helping
people, animals and the environment.
HSC has depended entirely on donations to support our programs to help
animals and the environment. All donations have been gratefully
acknowledged with a receipt for income tax purposes. If you would still
like to support our educational campaigns that protect animals and the
environment please make a donation here.
Because when it comes to fighting cruelty and violence, we don't give
SOURCE The Humane Society of Canada
Image with caption: "Humane Society of Canada booth at Fan Expo ComiCon 2013 (CNW Group/The Humane Society of Canada)". Image available at: https://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160316_C9053_PHOTO_EN_44715.jpg
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