Animal Awareness Date

Animal Awareness Date is a rubric of the Institute of Animal Law of Asia (IALA) where we celebrate animal holidays throughout the year to highlight the importance of animals in humans' lives and to remind ourselves to appreciate and care for all creatures of the Earth.

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.

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.

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;

  • 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

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.

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.

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.

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?

  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.


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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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).


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.

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.


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.


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 the 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. Today give a hug to your companion animal, hug a tree, pet an animal.

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

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.

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.


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.