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.

World Honey Bee Day

It's World Honey Bee Day!


This day was created to raise awareness about the honey bees, recognize their role in our ecosystem, and remember to provide them with a supportive environment.


Bees are critical animals in our lives, but their population continues declining in all parts of the world. Bees are mostly threatened by the use of toxic pesticides, habitat loss, and an increase in invasive farming methods and urban developments. Because of the climate crisis going on that leads to habitat alteration and loss, there is an urgent need to protect the honey bees that feed on plants. Changing lifestyle habits is the least what one could do to protect the species.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the honey bees and the major threats they face;

  • Raise awareness in your community about how we can protect them;

  • Plant at least one flower to provide more sources for the honey bees;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media using the hashtag #WorldHoneyBeeDay.

International Orangutan Day

It's International Orangutan Day!


This day is celebrated annually on August 19th and was created to promote the conservation of critically endangered orangutans and encourage strengthening their protection.


There are only approximately 50 000 - 65 000 orangutans left in the wild, and around 2000 - 3000 orangutans are killed every year. Moreover, orangutans have lost more than 80% of their natural habitat for the last 20 years, with an estimated one-third of the wild population dying during the fires of 1997-1998. During 1992-2000, the population of the Sumatran orangutan has declined by more than 50%. Estimates suggest there are as few as 6500 Sumatran orangutans in the wild. The population of Bornean orangutan fell nearly 43% in the past decade, from an estimated 35 000 in 1996 to 20 000 in 2006.


The major threats to orangutans include loss of habitat, deforestation, palm oil plantations, illegal hunting, illegal pet trade, etc. It is believed that due to these factors, orangutans could become extinct within the next 50 years.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the orangutans and the major threats they face;

  • Raise awareness in your community about how we can protect these animals;

  • Learn how changing your lifestyle and everyday habits may help protect orangutans;

  • Refrain from consuming palm oil that directly contributes to their population decline;

  • Report any illegal activity and urge the government to enact the regulations and enforce them;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media using the hashtag #InternationalOrangutanDay.

World Lizard Day

It's World Lizard Day!


This day was created to raise awareness about these reptiles and to protect these animals. There are approximately 6000 species of lizards around the world, and they can be found on every continent except Antarctica.


Lizards sometimes are considered dangerous animals, however, only some species have venoms, such as the Gila monster, Mexican beaded lizards, and the Komodo dragon found in Indonesia, whose venom may kill a human. Lizards, like many other categories of animals, are mostly threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation that is driven by the climate crisis, human intervention, infrastructure development, logging. Other threats include invasive species, predation, and overexploitation.


A lot of people keep lizards as pets. For example, more than 9 million people in the United States have a lizard as a pet. Some of the most common pets include the African fire skink, chameleon, gecko, green iguana, long-tailed lizard, Chinese water dragon, and the bearded dragon.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the lizards and the major threats they face;

  • Raise awareness in your community about how we can protect these reptiles;

  • Learn how changing your lifestyle and everyday habits may help protect lizards;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media using the hashtag #WorldLizardDay.

It's World Elephant Day!

This day was created to celebrate the protection of all elephants and to raise awareness about the importance to effectively protect them through law and policy.

Elephants face a lot of threats because of the high demand for the ivory trade. Illegal hunting is common among African and Asian elephants. Elephants are also poached for meat, leather, and body parts, with the illegal wildlife trade putting elephants increasingly in danger because it is perceived to be a low-risk and high-profit endeavor.

Elephants also suffer from habitat loss due to deforestation, mining, and agricultural activities, in particular, the species of Asian elephants. Asian elephants have lost approximately 30-40% of their habitat, making it incredibly difficult to maintain their offspring and themselves.

Unfortunately, elephants are kept in captivity, such as zoos, and exploited in entertainment, such as circuses and shows. Oftentimes, circuses that use animals in their performances, do not treat animals well and abuse them most of the time. Captivity can be a serious threat to elephants, and Asian elephants are often illegally captured in the wild and trafficked into the lucrative tourism industry.

How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the elephants and the major threats they face;

  • Raise awareness in your community about how we can protect these magnificent animals;

  • Consider volunteering with conservation groups and wildlife protection organizations;

  • Urge the government to create effective laws and enforce them to protect the elephants, ban ivory trade, and illegal hunting;

  • Refrain from visiting zoos, circuses, and shows with animals;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media using the hashtag #WorldElephantDay.

World Lion Day

It's World Lion Day!

This day was created by the Big Cat Rescue to raise awareness about these majestic animals and to find all possible ways on how to protect these cats and their habitat.

Lions are apex predators and one of the largest land animals in the world. Lions are mostly threatened by trophy hunting, reduction in food, and human incursion. Lions' population has dramatically decreased and is still declining to the point where the species are categorized as endangered.

Approximately 3 million years ago, lions freely roamed all over Africa and Eurasia, but currently, their number decreased due to various factors, including ice ages, climate change, poaching. The IUCN Red List lists lions under the "Vulnerable" category. Now, there are approximately 30 000 - 100 000 lions left.

How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the lions and the major threats they face;

  • Raise awareness in your community about how we can protect these animals;

  • Consider volunteering with conservation groups, wildlife protection organizations;

  • Urge the government to create effective laws and enforce them to protect the lions;

  • Consider writing a blog post or an article on the importance to protect lions;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media using the hashtag #WorldLionDay.

International Cat Day

It's International Cat Day!

This day is celebrated annually on August 8 and was created by the International Fund for Animal Welfare in 2002 to raise awareness about cats and learn how to protect them.

Despite all stereotypes, cats are very caring and loving domestic animals. The first records about cats were found in Ancient Egyptian Civilization’s culture. Mafdet was the first known cat deity and was regarded as the protector against snakes, scorpions, and evil during the First Dynasty.

Many cats are kept as pets but even more of them are wandering on the streets and living in shelters looking for their forever home. Stray cats are subjected to cruelty and injuries due to car accidents and other harmful situations, including cruel treatment from humans.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the cats and their general characteristics;

  • Raise awareness in your community about how we can protect these animals;

  • Consider volunteering with shelters, foster, and/or adopt a cat;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media using the hashtag #InternationalCatDay.

It's International Clouded Leopard Day!

This day was created to raise global awareness about these animals and to increase the profile of Clouded leopards.


Clouded leopards are wildcats inhabiting dense forests from the foothills of the Himalayas through mainland Southeast Asia into South China. These animals are mostly threatened by habitat loss following large–scale deforestation and commercial poaching for the wildlife trade. They are also popular in the wildlife trade for their skins, claws, and teeth for the purposes of decoration and clothing.


The clouded leopard is listed in CITES Appendix I and protected in the range-countries. For instance, hunting is banned in Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. In the United States, the clouded leopard is classified as Endangered under the Endangered Species Act, which makes it illegal to trade in the animal or their body parts.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the clouded leopards, threats they face, and conservation efforts;

  • Raise awareness in your community about how we can protect this species;

  • Consider volunteering with organizations that work on the conservation of clouded leopards;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media using the hashtag #InternationalCloudedLeopardDay.

It's International Assistance Dog Week!

This day was created to recognize all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability-related limitations, raise awareness and educate the public about assistance dogs, and recognize heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs in our communities. International Assistance Dog Week was established due to the efforts of Marcie Davis, a paraplegic for over 35 years and CEO of Davis Innovations, a consulting firm based in Santa Fe, NM. Davis is the author of Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook, a resource book that captures personal stories, checklists, and practical tips to provide the reader with an A-Z guide about service dogs.


Assistance dogs, otherwise known as service dogs, are trained to aid or assist people with disabilities. Assistance dogs transform the lives of their human partners with debilitating physical and mental disabilities by serving as their companion, helper, aide, best friend, and close member of their family.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the service dogs, selection, and their training features;

  • Raise awareness in your community about why assistance or service dogs are important;

  • Consider volunteering with organizations that train service dogs;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media using the hashtag #InternationalAssistanceDogWeek.


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International Tiger Day

It's International Tiger Day!

This day was created to raise awareness about these endangered wild cats. This day is celebrated annually on July 29th around the world and was founded in 2010, when the 13 tiger range countries came together to create Tx2 – the global goal to double the number of wild tigers by the year 2022. The theme of this year for the holiday is "Their Survival is in our hands."

Tigers are royal and majestic animals who play an important role in maintaining the health and diversity of an ecosystem. They are one of the top predators and keep the population of wild ungulates in check, so the balance of prey herbivores and the vegetation upon which they feed is maintained. The major threats to these animals now include habitat loss, hunting, and illegal trading of tiger’s body parts. Unfortunately, tigers are also among the species of animals that are on the edge of extinction.

How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the different species of tigers, their characteristics, and the threats that are posed to them;

  • Raise awareness in your community about how we can save the wildlife by urging the public and the government to regulate and manage wildlife population with strict laws and proper enforcement;

  • Consider volunteering with animal organizations or conservation groups either locally or remotely to help save these animals;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media using the hashtag #InternationalTigerDay or #GlobalTigerDay.

READ OUR BLOG ON BENGAL TIGERS

World Snake Day

It’s World Snake Day!


This day was created to raise awareness about the different types of snake species and the important role that they play in maintaining ecological balance.


There are more than 3500 species of snakes in the world, but only 600 of them are considered venomous. Snakes, like some other animals, are displayed as dangerous animals for many people, however, they are important living beings in our world.


The population of snakes decreases due to deforestation and climate change causing the fragmentation and degradation of their habitats. Snakes are also hunted for their skin that is widely used in clothes and accessories, and some keep snakes as pets.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the snakes, their importance in the ecosystem, and the threats they face;

  • Raise awareness about the necessity to stop hunting, animal exploitation, and going leather-free;

  • Watch educational documentaries about snakes and reptiles;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media using the hashtag #WorldSnakeDay.

It’s Shark Awareness Day!


This day was created to highlight the importance of sharks in our lives and the entire ecosystem.


Sharks are one of the oldest species in the marine environment, they arouse approximately 400 million years ago. They are the apex predators in the marine environment, maintain and keep our oceans healthy.


Approximately 100 million sharks are killed annually, tens of millions of them are killed for food consumption. The major threat for the sharks' population is fishing, which also includes bycatch. Sharks are caught for the shark finning process, after which fins are put on the market for decoration or shark fin soup. Catching the aquatic species of animals causes extreme stress, but shark finning is an extremely cruel practice.


There is an urgent need to elevate the status of sharks in the legal system and there is a necessity to stop fishing and overfishing activities that greatly impact the population of these aquatic animals, as well as other aquatic animals that are dependent on each other in the marine environment.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the sharks and rays, their general characteristics, and the threats they face;

  • Raise awareness about the necessity to stop fishing activities that harm sharks species and the marine environment;

  • Consider donations to the organizations that work on the conservation and management of sharks;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media using the hashtag #SharkAwarenessDay.


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It's World Giraffe Day!


This day was created by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to raise awareness about these animals and shed light on the challenges that giraffes face.


There are approximately 117 000 individuals left in the wild, and their population declines each year. The major threats for these animals include habitat loss, civil unrest, illegal hunting, and ecological changes, such as climate change and habitat conversion.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the giraffes, their characteristics, and threats they face;

  • Consider donations to the organizations working on the conservation and protection of these animals;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media and using the hashtag #WorldGiraffeDay.

World Oceans Day

It's World Oceans Day!


This day was created by the United Nations to raise awareness about the Earth's oceans and the necessity to protect them. The theme for this year is “The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods.”


Oceans cover the overwhelming majority of Earth, and our lives depend on keeping the oceans healthy. The ocean produces at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen and it is the main source of protein for more than a billion people around the world.


Currently, approximately 90% of big fish populations are depleted and 50% of coral reefs are destroyed, and there is an urgent need to protect and preserve the ocean. Lots of aquatic animals are dependent on our everyday life use. It is important to advocate for animals and take necessary steps to prevent fishing, illegal fishing, overfishing, plastic pollution, etc.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the importance of the oceans in our lives and their inhabitants;

  • Visit the coast and observe the ocean, if you have a chance;

  • Reduce single-plastic use and recycle properly;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media using the hashtag #WorldOceansDay;

  • Advocate for animals who need our help in creating a healthy environment for them.

National Black Bear Day

It's National Black Bear Day in the U.S.!


This day was created to raise awareness about the black bears, threats that they face, and strengthen national efforts to conserve these animals.


Black bears are found in 40 states and every Canadian province, the black bear’s enormous range is only beaten by one other four-legged mammal, the whitetail deer.


According to North Carolina Black Bear Biologist, Colleen Olfenbuttel, coastal North Carolina has the largest black bears on the planet. The current world record and the previous world record came from North Carolina. In North Carolina black bears have access to high protein crops and enjoy mild winters – which is why they are so many bears and grow to be so enormous there.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the black bears and their general characteristics;

  • Visit a national park/natural reserve to observe black bears in their natural habitat;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media and using the hashtag #NationalBlackBearDay.

World Otter Day

It's World Otter Day!


This day was created by the International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF) to raise awareness about otters, threats that they face, and means for protection. This day was originally Otterly Mad Week in 2009 but became International Otter Awareness Day in 2014. Finally, in 2016, it was officially proclaimed as World Otter Day.


Otters are found almost everywhere on Earth, particularly in the Pacific Ocean. Otters are threatened by human activities, such as fishing gear entanglements, boat strikes, oil spills, pollution, etc. It is important to take action now to prevent these animals from being in danger.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the otters, their characteristics, and the threats that they face;

  • Consider donations to the organizations that work on protecting otters;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media and using the hashtag #WorldOtterDay.

It's World Turtle Day!


This day was created by the American Tortoise Rescue to raise awareness and recognize the importance of turtles and tortoises in our lives and encourage people to take action to protect these animals.


Turtles, like many other aquatic animal species, are threatened by a dozen factors, including bycatch, climate change, and plastic pollution. Turtles play an important role in ocean ecosystems by maintaining healthy seagrass beds and coral reefs, providing key habitats for other marine life, helping to balance marine food webs, and facilitating nutrient cycling from water to land.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the turtles and the threats they face;

  • Refrain from using single-use items (masks, straws, bottles) that harm the marine life;

  • Consider donations to organizations that work to conserve and protect turtles and tortoises;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media and using the hashtag #WorldTurtleDay.

It's International Day for Biological Diversity!


This day is a United Nations–sanctioned international day for the promotion of biodiversity issues, held annually on May 22. This day also falls within the scope of the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda's Sustainable Development Goals.


Biodiversity Day 2021 is being celebrated under the slogan: "We're part of the solution #ForNature". The slogan was chosen to be a continuation of the momentum generated last year under the over-arching theme, “Our solutions are in nature,” which served as a reminder that biodiversity remains the answer to several sustainable development challenges. From nature-based solutions to climate, health issues, food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity is the foundation upon which we can build back better.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the endangered species in your area and threats they face;

  • Refrain from buying the products made out of endangered flora and fauna;

  • Consider donations to a recognized wildlife organization;

  • Spread the word by sharing on social media using the hashtag #ForNature and #InternationalDayforBiologicalDiversity.

Endangered Species Day

It's Endangered Species Day in the U.S.!


This day was created to raise awareness and recognize the national efforts to conserve and protect endangered species and their habitats.


Endangered species in the United States are protected by the Endangered Species Act, the 40th anniversary of which was in 2013. The Act is administered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This day is another opportunity to learn more about the endangered species of animals and plants and how we can help protect them.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the endangered species of animals and plants and the threats that they are facing;

  • Consider donations to the conservation group or wildlife organizations that work to protect endangered species;

  • Spread the word sharing on social media using the hashtag #EndangeredSpeciesDay.

It’s World Bee Day!

This day was created by the United Nations to raise awareness of the importance of bees, the threats that they face, and their contribution to sustainable development.

Most of the 25 000 to 30 000 species of bees, the ambassadors of pollinators, help a lot of food crops and plants reproduce. Apart from ensuring the abundance of fruits, nuts, seeds, bees also help improve the quality and increase the variety of foods we consume. There are other pollinators among animals, such as bats, non-flying mammals (rodents, lemurs, tree squirrels), and some birds (hummingbirds, sunbirds, honeycreepers).


Bees are currently threatened with an extinction rate of 100 to 1000 times higher than normal due to anthropogenic activities, namely intensive farming practices, land-use change, mono-cropping, climate change, etc. There is a need to take action because the nutritious crop can result in a decrease and lead to an imbalanced diet.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the bees and why they are important in our lives;

  • Avoid using pesticides that can harm bees and use them in windless weather early in the morning or late at night when bees withdraw from blossoms;

  • Plant nectar-bearing flowers;

  • Spread the word sharing on social media using the hashtag #WorldBeeDay and #SaveTheBees.

It's World Migratory Bird Day!

This day was created to raise awareness about migratory birds and to highlight their importance in the ecosystem.

Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Bird!” is the theme of this year. This year the campaign will focus on the phenomena of “bird song” and “bird flight” as a way to inspire and connect people of all ages around the world in their shared desire to celebrate migratory birds and to unite in a common, global effort to protect birds and the habitats they need to survive.

The 2021 World Migratory Bird Day theme is an invitation to people everywhere to connect and re-connect with nature by actively listening to - and watching birds - wherever they are. At the same time, the theme appeals to people around the world to use their own voices and creativity to express their shared appreciation of birds and nature.

READ ABOUT MIGRATORY BIRD PROTECTION IN ASIA

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It's International Respect for Chickens Day!


This day was created by the United Poultry Concerns in 2005 to raise awareness about these amazing birds that oftentimes are left unattended.


Chickens are smart and social animals, capable of feeling pain and suffering. However, they are cruelly exploited in various fields. Billions of chickens are slaughtered every year for food consumption and also used in research to study vision, embryonic development, environmental toxicity testing, etc. Sadly, anti-cruelty regulations do not apply to chickens, and they remain unprotected in the legal system.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the chickens, their natural behavior and needs;

  • Urge the government to protect chickens by law;

  • Consider visiting a farm sanctuary and socialize with chickens;

  • Spread the word and share on social media using the hashtag #InternationalRespectForChickensDay.

It's Wild Koala Day!


This day was created to highlight the importance of wild koalas in the ecosystem. Due to the recent wildfires, koalas have experienced huge habitat loss. Koalas are also threatened by increased disturbance by humans. One of the major reasons for the extreme weather conditions is climate change that is caused by anthropogenic activities.


Humans are the biggest problem for wild koalas, yet we can help save these animals and prevent the decrease of their population. It is important to start taking into consideration our treatment of the environment and our planet in general.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about these animals and the threats they are facing;

  • Learn more about climate change and its effect on our animals, the environment, and the planet;

  • Volunteer with your local organizations/conservation groups to help and contribute to the protection of koalas;

  • Consider donations to the organizations that work on protecting and saving koalas.

World Tuna Day

It's World Tuna Day!


This day was created to raise awareness and highlight the importance of tuna fish and ensure their protection.


More than 96 countries are working on the conservation and management of tuna. In certain areas, the major threat to tuna is fishing and overfishing activities, and some species - the southern bluefin tuna - made the species near extinction.


Tuna are unique aquatic creatures and are capable of maintaining their bodies' temperature above that of the surrounding water. Tuna consumes different species of fish, such as mackerel, herring, squids, and crustaceans. Tuna, like many other species of fish, are able to suffer and feel pain.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the tuna, their characteristics, and threats;

  • Read about the fish sentience and learn how fishing activities can harm tuna;

  • Urge the government and the public to include tuna into the legal instruments within your country/region/area;

  • Share the information on social media using the hashtag #WorldTunaDay.

It's Save the Rhino Day!


This day is celebrated annually on May 1 all over the world to raise awareness about the plight of the rhinoceros in the wild.


The genus consists of 2 species: the Indian Rhinoceros and the Javan Rhinoceros. Both species are currently endangered, while there are only 60 individuals of the Javan Rhino in the world.


How to celebrate?

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

  • Dedicate a blog post, share it on social media using the hashtag #SavetheRhinoDay;

  • Volunteer with organizations that work on the conservation of the rhinos.

World Penguin Day

It's World Penguin Day!


This day was created to raise awareness about these animals and to highlight their importance in the entire ecosystem. This day also takes place during the annual northern migration of Adélie penguins.


At present, there are approximately 17 species of penguins in the world, among them, 10 species are considered Endangered or Vulnerable and 3 are listed as Near Threatened, according to the IUCN Red List. The major threats for penguins include overfishing, pollution, plastic and oil spills, and, of course, climate change that affects their habitat. It is important for each of us to take small steps to protect these animals.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the penguins, their habitat, and general characteristics;

  • Consider donations to the organizations that work on conserving these animals;

  • Raise awareness among your family, friends, colleagues about the threats that penguins are facing;

  • Learn more about how we can help save these animals and share on social media using the hashtag #WorldPenguinDay.

It's World Day for Laboratory Animals!


This day was created in 1979 by the Animal Defenders International and celebrated annually on April 24th to commemorate animals who suffer in laboratories.


Animals are tested in laboratories for cosmetics, household items, skincare products, etc. Unfortunately, animal testing is not banned completely, but more than 40 countries/regions have already banned or limited animal testing for cosmetics purposes (India, Israel, Taiwan, New Zealand, Turkey, EU, etc). The majority of countries use the 3R Principles (Replacement, Reduction, Refinement) to ensure that animals in laboratories do not experience unnecessary pain and suffering.


How to celebrate?

  • Learn more about the animals used in laboratories;

  • Try buying cruelty-free products, that includes shampoo, facial toners, laundry detergent, dish soap, etc;

  • Raise awareness about the suffering of animals in laboratories and share on social media using the hashtag #WorldDayforAnimalsinLaboratories.


READ OUR BLOG ON THE PROTECTION OF ANIMALS IN LABORATORIES IN ASIA

It's Earth Day 2021!


Earth Day is an annual celebration on April 22nd and was created in 1970 to highlight support for the protection of our planet, including animals, the environment, and all living beings.


For the past hundreds of years, Earth has altered in many ways. It, unfortunately, continues to change due to the climate change effect that is caused by anthropogenic activities. The latest events around the world - wildfires, ice storms - especially demonstrated that there is an urgent need to take into consideration our everyday life habits. Habitat degradation is one of the dominant causes for a lot of species of animals becoming vulnerable, endangered, or even extinct. Fishing and overfishing activities are other issues that harm animals, the environment, and our planet in general.


If measures and necessary steps from each of us are not taken now, our planet may simply disappear.

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 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.

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.


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.

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).

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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.

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 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.

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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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