It's International Animal Rights Day!
This day is celebrated on December 10th annually around the world to highlight that animals have moral value. The holiday is shared with Human Rights Day, as it should be, because animals have the right to be treated with respect, and acts of cruelty against them need to end just as much as for humans.
For hundreds of years, man has been killing and mistreating animals for personal gain. In 1948, the UN passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, following the torture subjected to humans during World War II in concentration camps by Nazi Germany. After this, organizations, associations, and individuals from around the world started demanding that this declaration should be extended to the animals as well.
The whole idea that animals are inferior and live for the sole purpose of catering to the needs and wants of humans is an irrational prejudice against them. Just as certain segments of the human race are suffering due to sexism and racism, animals suffer just as much, if not more, because they can’t defend themselves.
Animals are living beings and have been recognized as creatures capable of feeling basic emotions, such as pain, suffering, fear, as well as creating bonds. There is an urgent need to elevate their status in the legal system across the globe.
How to celebrate?
Learn more about how you may help animals by reducing your daily habits that harm animals;
Go vegan for the animals and the planet;
Urge the government to enact effective and enforceable legislation aimed at animal protection;
Spread the word by sharing on social media using the hashtag #InternationalAnimalRightsDay.