World Aquatic Animal Day Webinar
World Aquatic Animal Day is an annual day dedicated to aquatic animals, first launched by the Aquatic Animal Law Initiative and the Animal Law Clinic at the Center for Animal Law Studies. The day was created to raise global awareness about these often forgotten nonhuman animals.
Aquatic animals play a critical role in our societies and ecosystems. They are important not only as a group but also as valuable and exciting individuals with intrinsic worth. Aquatic animals are not only fish, but also a myriad of other animals that live in water for most of their life: amphibians, marine mammals, crustaceans, reptiles, mollusks, aquatic birds, aquatic insects and even animals such as starfish and corals. Despite this, aquatic animals are widely used and abused around the world and they face a multitude of different threats.
There is an urgent need to give aquatic animals the proper consideration they deserve. Through law, policy, education, advocacy and good stewardship of the earth, our efforts to raise awareness of the plight of aquatic animals must rise to meet the immense challenges they now face. We must also consider our interactions with aquatic animals, our treatment of them, and the often-devastating impacts we are having on them and their habitats.
Institute of Animal Law of Asia joins the rest of the world to celebrate World Aquatic Animal Day to highlight the importance of aquatic animals in our lives. The theme for 2021 is "The Impact of Human Activities on Aquatic Animals."
Institute of Animal Law of Asia organizes the webinar at KIMEP University, Kazakhstan, but which will be open to anyone interested, and presents five panelists from across the globe, including animal law experts, where they will discuss the necessity of protecting and saving aquatic animals. This webinar is the first public event under the project "Enhancing Legal Regulations for Aquatic Animals in Kazakhstan," the project of our Managing Director within the Global Ambassador Program.
There is no official law in Kazakhstan that would protect aquatic animals, nor there is the official Wildlife Protection Act that would protect and/or criminalize illegal activities with regard to wild animals. There is a Red Book of Kazakhstan listing endangered or threatened species of animals and plants, but the scope of that source is limited only to those species and does not protect all wild animals or plants.
The purpose of this webinar is to highlight the importance of aquatic animals and introduce the public to the urgent need to give proper legal consideration to aquatic animals.
The webinar will be held on Zoom, April 3rd, at 9:30 am (in Kazakhstan)*. FREE and OPEN to the public. Register here.
You can also go to our Facebook page event.
*The U.S. time is 8:30 pm (Pacific) and 11:30 pm (Eastern) on April 2nd.