A day to demand justice for all
On December 10, 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to prevent World War II and the concentration camps from being repeated. This declaration demands the respect and dignity for human beings are “the foundations for freedom, justice and peace in the world.” Because we share the planet with other animals, this right extends to billions of other sentient beings – capable of feeling and thinking like humans. Dogs, cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, fishes, rabbits, goats, rats, mice, horses, donkeys, camels, cats, ducks, turkeys, geese, and sea creatures suffer and die at human hands every year.
Many years ago individuals and organizations from all over the world demanded that this declaration should be extended to other animals with which we share the planet, and International Animal Rights Day was declared. Most people understand that animals can feel pain and many also believe that they can feel and perceive feelings. For these reasons, it’s important to realize that animals deserve to have rights, just like humans.
Things you can do:
This is an opportunity to remind society that freedom, justice, and dignity are inclusive terms, and the desire to live not confined to a particular race, sex, social position, or species is a right. Today, show your knowledge of respect to victims of one of the biggest injustices that exist in today’s society with a respectful silence.
Other ways to participate in this day include:
• Write an editorial about animal rights and share with your local newspaper or veterinary clinic
• Teach children and others to always be kind to animals
• Boycott companies that test on animals
Share this day on social media with #InternationalAnimalRightsDay