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On our News Page you can find the latest updates on animals in the countries of Asia, learn more about Animal Awareness Date, and get acknowledged with the participation of the Institute of Animal Law of Asia (IALA) in various projects and events.

New Logo of the Alliance for Animal Law of Asia

We are pleased to present the new logo of the Alliance for Animal Law of Asia!


The Alliance for Animal Law of Asia (AALA) is a campaign to cooperate with animal organizations for establishing networks for the law and policy information, educational sources, and activities of Animal Law of Asia initiated and organized by the Institute of Animal Law of Asia (IALA). The Alliance aims to improve the awareness of legal protection for animals in Asia and the world through legal education, collaboration, online events and webinars, and inviting experts to share their experience with our audience.


The Members of the Alliance are spread across the globe from Asian organizations in China, India, and Vietnam to the organizations in other areas, including North America, South America, Europe, and Africa. If you are interested in joining, please fill out the form on the Alliance page.


LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ALLIANCE

Save the Elephant Day

It's Save the Elephant Day!

This day was created to raise awareness and highlight the importance of elephants and threats that they face, which are habitat loss and poaching/ivory trade - both are due to human activities.

Elephants are extremely intelligent and highly communicative animals living in complex social structures. They have demonstrated the ability to display various emotions, such as joy, anger, grief.

Currently, there are 3 species distributed in Africa and Asia: the African bush elephant, the African forest elephant, and the Asian elephant.

The Asian elephant is listed in Appendix I of CITES, which does not allow trade, except for certain circumstances. The African bush elephant species is listed both in Appendix I and II depending on their habitat. Those elephants inhabiting Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe are included in Appendix II. Elephants inhabiting other African countries are listed under Appendix I.

How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about these animals and their general characteristics;

  • Consider donations to the conservation groups that work on saving the population of elephants;

  • Avoid visiting zoos, instead consider going to the sanctuary;

  • Observe elephants in their natural habitat;

  • Report to the authorities, if you witness any illegal activity.

National Dolphin Day

It's National Dolphin Day in the U.S.!


This day is another opportunity to recognize these extremely intelligent marine mammals inhabiting our oceans.


Dolphins are known for being highly social creatures having a well-developed sense of touch. Unfortunately, thousands of dolphins are mostly threatened by fishing for the purposes of consumption in some countries and entertainment in every part of the world, i.e, aquariums/seaquariums, which deprive them of performing their natural behavior.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the dolphins and their characteristics;

  • Learn the difference between dolphins' life in the wild and in captivity;

  • Refrain from visiting dolphin shows, aquariums/seaquariums;

  • Consider donations to the conservation groups that work on saving the dolphins;

  • Dedicate a blog post and share it on social media using the hashtag #NationalDolphinDay.

We are pleased to announce that the Institute of Animal Law of Asia joined Asia for Animals Coalition (AfA) as a supporting organization!


We are delighted to be part of such a huge animal protection community.


AfA was also among the first organizations that joined the Alliance for Animal Law of Asia, an international campaign that was initiated by the Institute of Animal Law of Asia and aims to cooperate with animal organizations for establishing networks for the law and policy information, educational sources, and animal law activities.


LEARN ABOUT THE ALLIANCE

We are pleased to welcome the new member of the Alliance for Animal Law of Asia, an international campaign that aims to cooperate with national, regional, and global animal organizations.

Our new member is Think Tank on Animals & Biodiversity at the Global Research Network, the focus of which is to provide meaningful insights on animal studies from an interdisciplinary perspective.

With animal law issues occurring around the world, global participation is more than necessary. Raising the necessity to protect animals by means of law and policy can be improved through cooperating with animal organizations from all over the world.

If you are interested in collaborating with us, please visit our Alliance page.

In our March Newsletter, you will find 9 research articles, two volumes of our news digest Asia Animal Law Bulletin, 5 species of animals in Animal Calendar, and a celebration of international and U.S. animal holidays. We have also welcomed the new member in the Alliance for Animal Law of Asia, an international campaign that aims to cooperate with national, regional, and global animal organizations.

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It's International Beaver Day!

April 7th is an annual day to raise awareness about these amazing animals!

Beavers are mostly threatened by habitat degradation and habitat destruction. Their population declined due to hunting for their fur and for their glands in medicine.

The Eurasian beaver whose population ranges across European and Asian countries has been hunted to near-extinction, and, according to the last data, only 1200 species survived in the wild.

How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about these animals, the threats that they face, and how we can help them;

  • Share the information on social media using the hashtag #InternationalBeaverDay;

  • Take a hike to a pond or a river to observe beavers in the wild.

Read our twelfth series of news articles on the following topics:

  • Thailand authorities seizing $11 million in wildlife trafficking;

  • Helmeted hornbill receiving a protection boost in Thailand;

  • A new pack with Southeastern Asia animals in the PC game "Planet Zoo";

  • Hong Kong's first vegan cheese shop;

  • A rare sighting of the Amur leopard in Russia; and

  • Russia's first COVID-19 vaccine for animals.


See Our Full Articles Here

We are happy to announce that the Institute of Animal Law of Asia now has its YouTube channel!

You will find all the work that we are doing, educational materials, and resources on animal law in our videos.

Please follow us and stay tuned for more updates!

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World Stray Animals Day

It's World Stray Animals Day!

Stray animals are the result of abandoned pets, which led to overpopulation. A lot of stray animals that were placed in shelters are at risk of being euthanized if not adopted. Another issue is the use of stray animals by some countries for food consumption/market.

For instance, in Asia, China has the most stray dogs (27.4 million), followed by Russia (15 million), Japan (12 million), the Philippines (11.6), and India (10.2 million).

Let us remember about these animals that suffer every day wandering on the streets and reconsider our attitude towards them.

How to stop overpopulation?

  • Considering spaying/neutering your pet;

  • Think carefully before getting a pet - it is a lifetime responsibility;

  • If adopted, keep your pet for life;

  • Work, volunteer, and fight against puppy mills; and

  • Consider adopting a pet instead of buying them in the store.

World Rat Day

It's World Rat Day!

This day was created in 2002 and dedicated to these rodents. This day was created to improve the reputation of rats - a lot of people still associate them with dirt, diseases, aggression, but this only applies to wild rats, while domesticated rats are friendly and do not pose a risk to health. Rats are smart, loyal, easily trained, and capable of caring for themselves.

How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about rats and raise awareness about them by sharing on social media using the hashtag #WorldRatDay; and

  • Write a blog post about the legal protection of rodents.

It's World Aquatic Animal Day!

April 3rd is an annual day dedicated to aquatic animals!

Today, we wish to raise awareness for these magnificent creatures, the various threats they face, and how we, as human animals, impact them and their habitats. They are valuable to us not only as a society and to the environment but are also individuals with intrinsic value.

Aquatic animals may be covered in some animal protection acts in theory, but the legislation may not be enforced. Unfortunately, a lot of Asian countries do not protect aquatic animals by law.

We encourage you to get involved from home and participate by sharing your appreciation for aquatic animals and learning how you can protect them.

To learn more about World Aquatic Animal Day, what you can do, and how to join the events scheduled by the Center for Animal Law Studies, go to worldaquaticanimalday.org

It's Manatee Appreciation Day in the U.S.!


This day is celebrated on the last Wednesday of March and aims to raise awareness about these aquatic mammals. Due to their contact with humans and boating, manatees have become vulnerable species of animals.


There are just three species of manatees in the world:

  • Amazonian manatee inhabiting the Amazon River Basin in northern South America;

  • West Indian manatee (the Florida manatee and the Antillean manatee) living in the Caribbean and up the coast of Florida toward North Carolina; and

  • African manatee swimming in the West African coastline.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the manatees;

  • Join the event organized by Save the Manatee Club;

  • Share the information about manatees on social media using the hashtag #ManateeAppreciationDay;

  • Consider donations to the organizations that work on protecting manatees.

We are happy to announce that the Institute of Animal Law of Asia organizes the World Aquatic Animal Day Webinar in Kazakhstan as a celebration of World Aquatic Animal Day.


The panelists include:

  • Diego Plaza Casanova, Founder and Executive Director of CEDA Chile;

  • Madison Steffey, J.D. graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School;

  • Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff, Director of Research of OceansAsia;

  • Lakshmi Venkataraman, Campaign Manager of Humane Society International India; and

  • Gary Stokes, Director of Operations of OceansAsia.

The webinar will be held on Zoom, April 3rd, at 9:30 am (in Kazakhstan)*. FREE and OPEN to the public. Register here.

*The U.S. time is 8:30 pm (Pacific) and 11:30 pm (Eastern) on April 2nd.


READ ABOUT THE WEBINAR

We are delighted to present our second interview with Catherine Besch, the founder and Executive Director of Vietnam Animal Aid and Rescue - U.S.

Vietnam Animal Aid and Rescue - U.S. was the first animal organization from Asia that joined the Alliance for Animal Law of Asia. We are happy to share the organization's perspective, approach, and vision of animal law in Vietnam and globally.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW

World Aquatic Animal Day IALA Webinar

On April 2-3, the Institute of Animal Law of Asia organizes the webinar in Kazakhstan as a celebration of World Aquatic Animal Day!


World Aquatic Animal Day was first launched in 2020 by the Aquatic Animal Law Initiative (AALI), Center for Animal Law Studies, Lewis & Clark Law School. To see AALI's event this year, go to worldaquaticanimalday.org.


The IALA webinar is an independent event and we are joining the rest of the world to raise awareness about the importance of aquatic animals in our lives. This event is part of the project "Enhancing Legal Regulations for Aquatic Animals in Kazakhstan."


Please join our webinar with speakers from across the globe, including animal law experts, where they will introduce you to the necessity to protect aquatic animals and discuss how human activities impact aquatic life. More information to follow.


The webinar will be held on Zoom, April 3rd, at 9:30 am (in Kazakhstan)*. FREE and OPEN to the public. Register here.


*The time is 8:30 pm PT and 11:30 pm ET on April 2nd.


READ ABOUT THE WEBINAR

Call for Papers on Animal Law in Arabic Speaking Countries in Asia

The Institute of Animal Law of Asia is calling for papers on Animal Law in Arabic Speaking Countries of Asia!

  • The content may include animal protection, a general overview of animal law (the law of animal welfare, companion animals, farmed animals, wildlife, aquatic animals, animals in captivity, animals in entertainment, veganism, etc.);

  • The article shall be 2-3 pages, written in English with hyperlink citations, in Word format;

  • Include the bio of the writer (max. 5 sentences);


You can contact us via ialasia@outlook.com.

International Day of the Seal

It's International Day of the Seal!


This day is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance to protect and conserve seals from human-man threats. These marine mammals can be found throughout the world, in the Northern Pacific Ocean between Asia and North America, some species inhabit the coasts of South America, Antarctica, Africa, and Australia. Seals have been hunted for a long period of time to be used as meat, fur coats, and blubber, thus, many species have become endangered.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the seals and what threats humans can pose to them.

  • Watch a documentary about seals, e.g, “The Hidden Seals of Siberia” or “Playground of Seals.”

  • Consider donations to the organizations that work to conserve these mammals.

  • Dedicate a blogpost about the protection and conservation of seals and share it on social media using the hashtag #InternationalDayoftheSeal.

World Frog Day

It's World Frog Day!


This day was created in 2009 and is dedicated to raising awareness about the necessity to save and protect these animals from any threats that are posed to them. Some frogs have been recently threatened with extinction for different reasons, such as fungal infections and anthropogenic activities. Approximately 170 species of frogs have already gone extinct for the past decades.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the frogs and threats that they face.

  • Attend the events about the wild trafficking of frogs.

  • Dedicate a blogpost about the protection of frogs and share it on social media using the hashtag #WorldFrogDay.

It's World Sparrow Day!


This day was created to raise awareness about the importance of sparrows in the ecosystem. World Sparrow Day was started by the Nature Forever Society of India and the Eco-sys Action Foundation of France. The day is aimed to encourage people to take care of birds and protect them by all possible means.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the sparrows' general characteristics and habitat.

  • Organize a virtual event in your local area.

  • Share a blogpost on social media using the hashtag #WorldSparrowDay.

Read our eleventh series of news articles on the following topics:

  • Bird trafficking in Iraq;

  • Royal turtle laying eggs in captivity for the first time;

  • The closure of the largest dog meat auction house in South Korea;

  • Exemptions for animal ordinary cosmetics testing in China;

  • Chinese hotel with polar bears inside; and

  • Thailand's celebration of Elephant Day to attract tourists.


See Our Full Articles Here

Read our tenth series of news articles on the following topics:

  • Efforts to save fishing cats;

  • Asia's largest livestock research center in India;

  • Massive oil spill in Israel covered sea turtles in tar;

  • 1 out of 52 pilot whales survived stranding in Indonesia;

  • The first reappearance of a black-browed babbler in 172 years; and

  • Dubai cat cafe hopes to find forever homes for its rescues.


See Our Full Articles Here

Credit: UN Women/Yihui Yuan.

Happy International Women's Day!


This year, the theme for International Women’s Day is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world,” which celebrates the tremendous efforts by women around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights the gaps that remain.


Thanks to all amazing women who speak for animals and protect them through education, law, advocacy, and other ways!

In our February Newsletter, you will find 7 research articles, two volumes of our newsletter Asia Animal Law Bulletin, 5 species of animals in Animal Calendar, and a celebration of international and U.S. animal holidays. We have also launched the new 2021-2022 program aimed at farm animal welfare in mainland China and aquatic animal protection in Kazakhstan.

READ THE FULL NEWSLETTER

Please join us on April 3, 2021, as we celebrate World Aquatic Animal Day!

World Aquatic Animal Day is an annual event dedicated to aquatic animals, launched by the Aquatic Animal Law Initiative and the Animal Law Clinic at the Center for Animal Law Studies in 2020.

The 2021 theme: The Impact of Our Human Activities on Aquatic Animals

Aquatic animals play a critical role in our societies and ecosystems. They are important not only as a group but also as valuable and exciting individuals with intrinsic worth. There is an urgent need to give aquatic animals the proper consideration they deserve. Through law, policy, education, advocacy, and good stewardship of the earth, our efforts to raise awareness of the plight of aquatic animals must rise to meet the immense challenges they now face. We must also consider our interactions with aquatic animals, our treatment of them, and the often-devastating impacts we are having on them and their habitats.

The event will be held virtually and you can find more resources here.

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Join the Navigating the Regulatory Waters for Aquatic Animals panel at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference on March 6th, 2021, where speakers will talk about the present situation and issues of aquatic animal protection in certain countries and the future for aquatic animals!

The panelists are Professor Kathy Hessler, Amy P. Wilson, Diego F. Plaza, Bianka Atlas, and Lu Shegay.

The Public Interest Environmental Law Conference is the premier annual gathering for environmentalists worldwide and is distinguished as the oldest and largest of its kind. The Conference historically unites more than 3,000 activists, attorneys, students, scientists, and concerned citizens from over 50 countries around the globe to share their experience and expertise.

The event will be held on Zoom, free and open to the public.

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Recently we sat with Diego Plaza Casanova, the founder and the Executive Director of Centro de Estudios de Derecho Animal (CEDA Chile), to introduce the organization and its work to our audience and the public.

CEDA Chile was the first animal organization that joined the Alliance for Animal Law of Asia, an international campaign that aims to collaborate with national, regional, and global organizations to enhance the protection of animals all over the world. We are happy to have the chance to get to know CEDA Chile's vision and mission.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW

It's World Wildlife Day!


The day was created in 2013 by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to raise awareness about wild animals and plants around the world. The day is considered an international day of adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which plays a major role in the animal world. The holiday was proposed by Thailand to celebrate the world's wild flora and fauna.


The theme of the holiday for 2021 is "Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet" to highlight the importance of forests and their inhabitants, ecosystems, and their sustainable use in our lives.


How to celebrate?

  • Watch WWD Film Showcase and Youth Art Contest and share it on social media.

  • Raise awareness about forests and forest-dwelling wild animals by sharing it on your pages. Make sure to use the hashtag #WorldWildlifeDay, #ForestPeoplePlanet #WWD2021.

  • Launch a campaign or sign a petition to reduce human-made threats to forests and their inhabitants.

  • Speak up and reach out to authorities if you have information about illegal activities, such as fishing, wildlife trafficking, etc.

  • Volunteer with and donate to organizations that work on the conservation of forests, wild animals and plants.


Every voice matters. Help save our planet!

National Horse Protection Day

It's National Horse Protection Day in the U.S!


The day was created to raise awareness about these magnificent animals that symbolize freedom. This day also aims to help horses find their forever homes.


Horses are neglected and abandoned most of the time by owners and horse breeders or dealers. Horse meat is consumed in different parts of the world and some cultures consider it a delicacy. They are also used for sports, but their well-being and welfare are not taken into account, thus, they are maltreated, injured, abused.


How to celebrate?

  • Try visiting horse sanctuaries to bond with these majestic animals.

  • If you become a witness of a neglected or abandoned horse, report the animal welfare officer.

  • Get involved in improving legislation on livestock protection in your country.

  • Consider donations or other ways to support non-profit organizations focusing on rescuing horses.

  • Share your post on social media using the hashtag #NationalHorseProtectionDay

International Polar Bear Day

It's International Polar Bear Day!


This day was created by Polar Bears International to raise awareness about the global warming impact and reduced sea ice on the population of these marine mammals.


Polar bears are the largest living carnivores on Earth and their cubs are born blind and mostly as twins. It is difficult to estimate the total population of polar bears because of their remote home ranges and low population densities.


In 2015, the IUCN reported that the global population of polar bears was between 22 000 - 31 000 individuals. WWF reported that polar bears are important for Arctic ecosystem health and at-risk polar bears are a sign of the issues of the Arctic marine ecosystem.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the polar bears' habitat and how natural factors and human activities impact their population.

  • Consider donations to organizations that work to conserve moms and cubs.

  • Dedicate a blog post to the polar bears' protection.

  • Share your post on social media using the hashtag #InternationalPolarBearDay.

Read our ninth series of news articles on the following topics:

  • The orangutan was rescued in Indonesia;

  • "WeQare" initiative by Qatar Airways Cargo;

  • South Korea gives free COVID-19 tests to pets;

  • COVID-19 origin has to continue after WHO report;

  • Wild pigs in Southeast Asia confront deadly African fever; and

  • White tiger cubs likely died from COVID-19 in Pakistan.


See Our Full Articles Here

Guest Lecture for the Animal Law Course

The first guest lecture within the Project "Enhancing Legal Regulations of Aquatic Animals in Kazakhstan" has been successfully presented at the KIMEP School of Law on February 24th, 2021!

Lu was invited to speak for the Animal Law class at KIMEP University, the only university in the Commonwealth of Independent States that offers an animal law course. She spoke about aquariums and the consequences of keeping marine mammals in captivity. Students were also given a lobbying task within the group to advocate for their movement's interests.

The recording is here on YouTube.

World Spay Day

It's World Spay Day!

This day was created in 1995 by the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association to raise awareness about the necessity to spay/neuter.

Why spaying/neutering is important?

  • It saves a lot of animals' lives - millions of cats and dogs are euthanized because they do not find homes.

  • It reduces cases of the common types of cat and dog cancers.

  • It prevents the overpopulation of dogs and cats.

  • It makes more room in animal shelters.

We are pleased to announce the cooperation between the KIMEP School of Law and the Institute of Animal Law of Asia by launching a non-mandatory, free, and open to the public animal law course where anyone will have an opportunity to learn more about the protection of animals.

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World Whale Day

It's World Whale Day!

This day was created in 1980 to celebrate these giants of the ocean and to raise awareness about these extremely intelligent marine mammals.

The population of some species of whales, such as the Cook Inlet Beluga, North Atlantic Right Whale, and Southern Resident Killer Whale have been recognized as Species in the Spotlight due to their endangered status.

How to celebrate?

  1. Support organizations that work on the conservation and protection of whales.

  2. Learn more about these marine mammals and share on social media using the hashtag #WorldWhaleDay.

  3. Dedicate a blog post or an article to whales.


READ OUR BLOG ON THE PROTECTION OF BLUE WHALES

World Pangolin Day

It's World Pangolin Day!

Today is the tenth annual celebration of World Pangolin Day! This day is another opportunity to raise awareness about these animals that are often poached and trafficked in the wildlife trade.

Pangolins are unique mammals, and there are eight species of pangolins on Earth. Their population is declining due to the illegal trade for meat and traditional Chinese medicine. Four species of pangolins inhabit Asia: Indian Pangolin, Philippine pangolin, Sunda Pangolin, and Chinese Pangolin. The remaining four species inhabit African countries.

How to celebrate?

  1. Support organizations that work on the conservation of these animals.

  2. Learn more about these mammals and share on social media using the hashtag #WorldPangolinDay.

  3. Dedicate a blog post or an article to pangolins.

  4. Inform local authorities if you become the witness of the illegal trade of pangolins.

  5. Request your law enforcement to strengthen the regulations with regard to the protection of pangolins.

In our January Newsletter, you will find 8 research articles, two volumes of our newsletter Asia Animal Law Bulletin, 8 species of animals in Animal Calendar, and a celebration of international and U.S. animal holidays. We have also had one organization joined the Alliance for Animal Law of Asia, an international campaign aimed at cooperating with national, regional, and international organizations.


READ THE FULL NEWSLETTER

Lunar New Year

Happy Lunar New Year 2021!

2021, according to the Chinese zodiac, is the year of the Ox. Today we say goodbye to the year of the Rat and greet the year of the Metal Ox.

The Metal Ox is represented as diligent, strong, and determined. Oxen are honest, ambitious, and dedicated to their work.

May this year be healthy and bring new hopes! 祝您牛年吉祥!

We are pleased to announce that our Managing Director, Lu Shegay, and our Executive Director, Zihao Yu, have been selected as CALS Ambassadors for 2021-2022!

Both Lu and Zihao will be working on educating individuals on the importance of animal law in their home countries.

Lu will be working on developing legal protection for aquatic animals in Kazakhstan and Zihao's project is focused on welfare for farmed animals in mainland China.

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Read our eighth series of news articles on the following topics:

  • Rare sighting of Siamese crocodile in Thailand;

  • The first lion cub born via artificial insemination;

  • 30 slow lorises were rescued in Indonesia;

  • Asia's first dairy-free ice cream launched in Hong Kong;

  • New hope to save the Philippine pangolin; and

  • Animal traps in Hong Kong led to the police investigation.


See Our Full Articles Here

Announcement of the New IALA Logo

In 2021, the Institute of Animal Law of Asia (IALA) introduces its new logo. Our logo represents certain categories of animals of Asia embracing wild animals, aquatic animals, companion animals, and farmed animals, including, but not limited to all of the above-mentioned categories used in exploitation/entertainment.

We look forward to making more steps towards changing the world for animals and effectively advocating for them!

Subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates of the Institute of Animal Law of Asia (IALA)!

National Golden Retriever Day

It's National Golden Retriever Day in the U.S!

This day was created by Kristen Shroyer in 2012 and the day was chosen as the birthday of the owner's golden retriever, Quincey. The day is dedicated to recognizing these extremely smart and calm-tempered dogs on February 3rd every year. Golden retrievers are the fourth smartest dogs and considered the best therapy dogs.

How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about golden retrievers and share information on social media using the hashtag #NationalGoldenRetrieverDay.

  • Consider donations and support golden retriever organizations.

  • Adopt a dog from the shelter.

International Zebra Day

It's International Zebra Day!

This day is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance to conserve zebras through national, regional, and global efforts.

Despite some of the species' population growth, the day was created to draw the public's attention to the necessity to protect zebras. The biggest threats include habitat loss due to farming, ranching, droughts, diseases, competition for water with livestock, as well as poaching.

Currently, there are three extant species: the Grevy's zebra, the mountain zebra, and the plains zebra - all native to sub-Saharan Africa. According to the IUCN Red List, they are listed as Endangered, Vulnerable, and Least Concern respectively.

How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the species of zebra, their characteristics, and features;

  • Share the information about the possible threats to zebras and conservation efforts;

  • Consider donations to conservation organizations; and

  • Refer to our partners from Africa: Animal Law Reform Africa and LAPA Africa to seek assistance and consultation in legal issues with regard to animals.

Approximately 100 million sharks are killed every year for various purposes, while tens of millions of them are caught for food consumption. Join Lu Shegay on the webinar where she will discuss how certain countries treat sharks within their legal frameworks and analyze the international instruments that can help improve the protection of sharks.

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Change a Pet's Life Day

It's Change a Pet's Life Day in the U.S!

This day was created to raise awareness nationwide about the importance for homeless animals to find loving, caring, and forever homes.

How to celebrate?

  1. Adoption is the best way to impact an animal's life. Consider adoption or foster.

  2. Donate to your local animal shelter or sponsor an animal in the shelter.

  3. Volunteer with the animal shelter. Offer your help in caring for animals.

  4. Share adoptable pets on social media to spread the word. Use the hashtag #ChangeAPetsLifeDay.

  5. Raise awareness about animal shelters by telling your friends, family members, or sharing on social media pages.

  6. If you have a pet, share your pet story.

Read our seventh series of news articles on the following topics:

  • American Airlines is banning emotional-support animals;

  • A hope for extremely rare species of a turtle;

  • A trapped young minke whale is killed in Japan;

  • 19 people will be charged for feeding wild boars in Singapore;

  • The world's oldest animal paintings in Indonesia; and

  • The launch of Al Islami Foods' first vegan burger in UAE.


See Our Full Articles Here

Penguin Awareness Day in the U.S.

It's Penguin Awareness Day!

Penguin Awareness Day is celebrated annually on January 20th in the United States to draw the public's attention to the effect of climate change and other activities on the population of penguins.

Penguins are a group of aquatic flightless birds inhabiting the Southern Hemisphere, with one species living in the north of the Equator. According to the IUCN Red List data, the conservation status of penguins ranges from Least Concern to Endangered.

How to celebrate?

  • Spread the educational materials on who penguins are, how they are threatened, and how they are legally protected. Use the hashtag #PenguinAwarenessDay to share or learn more about these animals.

  • Consider donations to non-profit organizations focusing on the conservation of penguins. Some organizations may have the option of "adopting" a penguin that is part of the donation.

  • If you have children, help them learn more about the penguins through documentaries, videos, and books.

Institute of Animal Law of Asia (IALA) was founded in September 2020 and its team has been working hard to provide the most recent updates on animal protection over the continent of Asia and the world. IALA has prepared its 2020 yearly report, which demonstrates what it has done over 2020.

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Read our sixth series of news articles on the following topics:

  • Bird flu in Japan;

  • New life of smuggled orangutans in Indonesia;

  • New population of blue whales in the Western Indian Ocean;

  • Lucky, the Kazakhstani rescued dog's new life in the USA;

  • Raising alarms of exotic animals cafes in Asia; and

  • The effect of the pandemic on Asia's captive elephants.


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National Bird Day in the U.S!

It's National Bird Day in the U.S!

National Bird Day is celebrated annually on January 5 to raise awareness about the importance to provide protection and conservation for the birds.

The day was first celebrated in 2002 to draw the public's attention to the fact that birds are threatened by natural factors and human activities.

“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.” ― Stephen King

Happy New Year 2021!

2020 has certainly been a difficult year for everybody and is associated with the coronavirus outbreak.


We hope that 2021 will bring us joy and peace in the background of all events that happened in the past year. We also hope that the New Year will bring good news with regard to enhancing animal welfare regulations in every country.


Most importantly, we want to thank each and everyone who supported us throughout the year and has been active in following our activities, as well as those who contributed and are still contributing to the work we do for animals!

Read our fifth series of news articles on the following topics:

  • The first male elephant is born in Tokyo's zoo;

  • Singapore, the first country in the world approving lab-grown meat;

  • A woman shares a home with 1,300 dogs in China;

  • Rescue of an orangutan in West Borneo;

  • Massive death of camels in UAE; and

  • Sickly dancing bears move to a sanctuary in Jordan.


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International Monkey Day

It's International Monkey Day!

The holiday was created by artists Casey Sorrow and Eric Millikin in 2000. Since then, the holiday has been widely celebrated in many countries across the globe.

Today is the day to remember these animals and to promote the necessity to provide them with better legal protection.

How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about these extremely intelligent species who have a lot in common with humans.

  • Consider a donation to conservation funds that aim to protect monkeys.

  • Share a post on social media with the hashtag #InternationalMonkeyDay or #WorldMonkeyDay.

It's International Animal Rights Day!

This day is dedicated to reminding everybody that animals are sentient beings, are capable of feeling pain and suffering, and are victims of everyday crimes.

Today is the day to highlight the necessity of granting basic legal rights to animals and to recognize the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW).

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International Day of Veterinary Medicine

It’s International Day of Veterinary Medicine!

This day is celebrated annually across the globe to remind everyone of these brave people who work hard to keep animals safe and healthy.

Veterinarians are crucial people in the animal world. They do not only treat diseased and injured animals but also assist the police at the stage of an investigation about abused and neglected animals.

How to celebrate?

  • If you have a pet, show your veterinarian some extra love by supplying them with a card, candies, or fruits.

  • Do some background research about the work of veterinarians and learn more about what they do to protect animals.

  • Express your gratitude by sharing your tribute on social media with pictures and kind words.

Members of the Institute of Animal Law of Asia (IALA) have recently been interviewed by the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) to share about the expansion of their work on the development of animal law in Asian countries.


The interview covers the status of IALA, its referred countries, the most pressing issues in the members' home countries, and strategic plans to change the landscape of the animal law field in Asia.


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Read our fourth series of news articles on the following topics:

  • Constructions' effect on wild buffaloes' habitat in Hong Kong;

  • Weixin county reconsiders the dog walking directives;

  • Rocky, the mutt, finds a new home;

  • Parrots in plastic bottles were found in Indonesia;

  • World's loneliest elephant is free; and

  • Ban on elephant rides in Dak Lak, Vietnam.


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It's Wildlife Conservation Day!

Thousands of species of wild animals are have always been threatened by both natural factors and human activities. Wildlife crime and illegal wildlife trade are a widespread issue in almost every country around the world.

On this day, we want to remind of one of the biggest problems associated with animal law. The day was initiated in support of the Endangered Species Act and to stop wildlife crimes.

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It's International Cheetah Day!

Cheetahs are wild cats native to Africa and Asia and are threatened by three main factors: human activities, habitat loss, and illegal pet trade.

Today we want to highlight the importance to conserve cheetahs and to remind of how important they are to the environment and ecosystem.

Learn more about this species and how you can help and contribute to the conservation of cheetahs.

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National Mutt Day in the U.S

It’s National Mutt Day in the U.S!

A mutt, otherwise called a mixed-breed dog, is a dog not belonging to any officially recognized breed and is not the result of intentional breeding. Mutts do not lose their natural value and can equally be well-trained, smart, and caring, although they are considered to be less commercially valuable than intentionally bred dogs.

National Mutt Day reminds us to save, think, embrace, and care for mixed breed dogs. Millions of loving and healthy dogs in animal shelters are waiting to find them forever homes.

International Jaguar Day

It’s International Jaguar Day! This day is annually celebrated to highlight the importance of jaguars and the conservation efforts of these wild cats and to raise awareness about the threats that they face. International Jaguar Day also aims to draw the public’s attention to the necessity to conserve jaguars and their habitats.

Jaguars are the third-largest species in the world and range across forested and open terrains, as well as tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests, swamps, and wooded areas. The population of jaguars is rapidly declining due to poaching and habitat and prey loss. Currently, the jaguar is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and on Appendix I of the CITES. Despite being listed under Appendix I in the CITES, where international trade of jaguars and their body parts is prohibited, illegal trade and hunting still occur, along with trophy hunting inside those countries where jaguars are not protected.

Happy Friendsgiving Day!

White House has a tradition of pardoning a turkey every year on Thanksgiving Day, which was first started by President Abraham Lincoln's clemency to a turkey in the 1860s.

Thanksgiving Day is a perfect day to remember to express gratitude to your family, friends, animals, and your loved ones. Give them a hug today!

"It is a fundamental duty for us to be compassionate towards all living creatures." - Constitution of India

Read our third series of news articles on the following topics:

  • Ban of the dog meat trade in Cambodia;

  • Rescue of 2 bears from bear bile farming in Phu Tho and 6 bears in Binh Duong;

  • A newly discovered primate in Myanmar;

  • Listing Caspian Seal in the Red Book of Kazakhstan; and

  • Animal Advocacy Conference Asia 2020.

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World Kindness Day

November 13 is World Kindness Day, a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself. IALA celebrates this holiday to highlight and promote the important attitude of being kind towards each other, the environment, animals, and the world. Our purpose is to help everyone understand that compassion for animals is what binds human beings and animals altogether.

National Bison Day in the U.S

On the first Saturday of November, Americans honor one of the most majestic animals in the country. Bison, also known as the American buffalo, inhabited the lands of North America and became a historical symbol of the United States. In 2017, there were counted approximately 500 000 in the U.S.

How to observe National Bison Day?

  • Read about the bison;

  • Visit an American museum featuring the history of the bison;

  • Drive through a National Park to see living bison in their natural habitats;

  • Learn the history of their population and their role in American culture.

Learn more about the species of Asian bison.

Animal Rescue Appreciation Week in the U.S.

The first full week of November is dedicated to Animal Rescue Appreciation Week in the U.S.!

There are about 70 million stray animals in the United States and up to 8 million of them end up in shelters. The dog population in China follows the United States and Brazil with a total of approximately 27 million. India is the country that has the most stray dogs (25 million), Vietnam counts a total of 7.2 million dogs, and Cambodia has around 5 million dogs. In Indonesia, the overpopulation of animals causes an increase in the number of dogs to 500 000 in Bali only.

Animals are subjected to abuse and neglect all over the globe and need special treatment from veterinarians and animal rescue entities staff. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the donations have been dropped, and animal rescue entities, as never, need our support and consideration because the vast majority of them maintain animals on donations and fees. Show your appreciation to animal rescue organizations.

"Adopt! Don't shop!"

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World Vegan Day

November 1 is the World Vegan Day!

The event was first established by Louise Wallis in 1994 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the organization and the coining of the terms "vegan" and "veganism."

Animals are living beings and individuals deserving the strongest protection under the law and consideration from the public. Being vegan will save a dozen animals' lives, the environment, nature, and is beneficial for health.

Asia has the fastest growing economic region, and agriculture is very intensive than on any other continent given the widespread practice of farming both land and aquatic animals.

Read our second series of news articles on the following topics:

  • Israel is on its development to ban the fur trade;

  • China bans captive breeding of 45 wild animals by the end of 2020;

  • China's first biosafety law is passed in response to the COVID-19;

  • A man is arrested for allegedly abusing stray cats in Thailand;

  • A roaring comeback of wild Persian leopards in Russia’s Mountains; and

  • A cruel killing of a wolf in Kazakhstan.

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Happy #BatAppreciationMonth!

It's Bat Appreciation Month! October is dedicated to these wild and exotic species of animals.

Bats, like many other species of animals, have been vulnerable to hunting due to the popularity of bat meat and medical purposes. COVID-19 has raised a lot of concerns and attention from the public due to the fear of bat meat consumption, despite the uncertainty of the origin of the virus.

Visit this page to learn more about bats in Asia.

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National Mule Day

October 26th is the #NationalMuleDay in the United States. A mule is the offspring of a female horse and a male donkey. “Mule Day” has been dedicated to the livestock shows and mule market, where people can see a mule-driving contest, a horse show, square dances, etc, which have a negative impact on the mules’ mental and physical health.

Asia is the second world’s largest region with a population of mules (4 million) following the continents of the Americas (6.5 million). In the 2017 ranking, mainland China has been recognized as the second top mule producing country (1.9 million) following Mexico (3.2 million).

IALA tributes this day to raise awareness about the exploitation of mules. Share this post to improve the welfare of this species!

Institute of Animal Law of Asia (IALA) successfully participated in the celebration of World Migratory Bird Day!

Institute of Animal Law of Asia (IALA) actively engaged in the event highlighting the importance to protect migratory birds, provided a discussion on the major threats of migratory birds, legal issues, and protection under the law. Please visit our event page here.

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Read our first series of news articles on the following topics:

  • The new report on illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia and China;

  • Suspected animal killers in Hong Kong will not be prosecuted;

  • The celebration of World Rhino Day and the birth of two Javan rhinos in Indonesia;

  • The new investigation of the dog meat market in South Korea; and

  • The mass death of aquatic animals at the Kamchatka Peninsula.

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