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
International Orangutan Day
World Lizard 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?
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?
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.
International Tiger Day
It's International Tiger Day!
World Snake Day
World Oceans Day
National Black Bear Day
World Otter Day
Endangered Species Day
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.
World Tuna Day
World Penguin Day
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 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
International Day of the Seal
World Frog Day
National Horse Protection Day
International Polar Bear Day
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.
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?
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.
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
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 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 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.
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.
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.