10th December: International Animal Rights Day- A Day for Animal Lovers


Are you an animal lover and worried about animals' protection? You can take the initiative by celebrating International Animal Rights Day and make people aware about it. Like every year, International Animal Rights Day is celebrated on December 10th. It is always good to think about others especially our animal friends. Let's think about them and celebrate this days and take a pledge of not to harm and neglect them.

We know animals are living with humans from ancient times. In fact, in our Vedas and epics there is a large description of animals living with human beings. We have also studied that each and every God has its own Vahan or carrier, like Ullu (Carrier of Goddess Laxmi), Mouse (Carrier of Lord Ganesha), Peacock (Carrier of God Kartikeya), Garud (Carrier of Lord Vishnu), Lion (Carrier of Goddess Durga) etc. So animals and human beings are living in symbiotic relationship from ancient times. But unfortunately, even after implementation of so many Acts and Rules, cruelty for animals is still there. Animals are being eaten, used in laboratories for experiments and exploited for enjoyment etc.

To prevent animal cruelty and save animals from killing, International Animal Rights Day was first celebrated in 1997 on December 10th. The main aim of this day is to remember the animal victims of cruelty of human beings. It is celebrated on the anniversary day of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

It is a document declared and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10th, 1948 in Paris. By this declaration it sets out that all living beings are equally and inalienably entitled to rights and freedoms. This declaration is approved by the international human rights law. Initially, this document was published in six languages Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish and now translated into over 500 languages.

Why need of Celebration of this Day?

  1. The main reason behind the celebration of International Animal Rights Day is to remind all of us that animals are also having same privilege like human beings.
  2. They are also having rights of living freely like human beings.
  3. This day also gives a sense that animal life also should be free of suffering and cruelty by humans.
  4. Celebration of IARD reminds us that liberty and justice are fundamental rights of each individual, despite of race, gender, or species.

What can be done on this Day?

To protect animals several campaign are being running all over the World. However, at your own level, to celebrate International Animal Rights Day following steps can be taken:
  1. Be vegetarian.
  2. Spread this message through emails and social media to your friends and family members.
  3. Stop using products made from animal's skin and other animal products.
  4. Write comments on blogs.
  5. Provide food to stray animals.
  6. Make shelters for them in your society.
  7. Don't buy exotic species as pet. Adopt stray animals only.
  8. Don't hit animals while you driving.
  9. Provide artificial nests to birds in you balcony.
  10. Make a family trip to zoo or National Park or Wildlife Sanctuary.

But if you want to do a lot for animals and want to spread awareness at large scale, you can do following:
  1. Make an active group and organize candlelit march to local place with posters and banners in hand.
  2. Run campaign to make public aware about animal rights.
  3. Organize essay or painting competitions on animals protection and rights in school.
  4. Quiz competition or puzzles for kids in schools.

Very small changes in lifestyle like boycotting of brands made from animal body parts like skin, bones, furs, etc. can make a difference. y avoiding products made out of cruel activities to animals, we can save animals from being exploited.


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