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.
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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
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
World Aquatic Animal Day IALA Webinar
Call for Papers on Animal Law in Arabic Speaking Countries in Asia
International Day of the Seal
World Frog Day
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.
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.
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.
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.
National Horse Protection Day
International Polar Bear Day
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.
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?
Support organizations that work on the conservation and protection of whales.
Learn more about these marine mammals and share on social media using the hashtag #WorldWhaleDay.
Dedicate a blog post or an article to 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?
Support organizations that work on the conservation of these animals.
Learn more about these mammals and share on social media using the hashtag #WorldPangolinDay.
Dedicate a blog post or an article to pangolins.
Inform local authorities if you become the witness of the illegal trade of pangolins.
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.
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.
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!
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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
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.
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?
Adoption is the best way to impact an animal's life. Consider adoption or foster.
Donate to your local animal shelter or sponsor an animal in the shelter.
Volunteer with the animal shelter. Offer your help in caring for animals.
Share adoptable pets on social media to spread the word. Use the hashtag #ChangeAPetsLifeDay.
Raise awareness about animal shelters by telling your friends, family members, or sharing on social media pages.
If you have a pet, share your pet story.
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.
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!
International Monkey Day
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).
International Day of Veterinary Medicine
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.