WORLD ANIMAL DAY: Let's advocate their rights and welfare

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THIS Thursday, people from many parts of the globe will be celebrating World Animal Day. It is a day of celebration for anyone who cares about animals.

It is not restricted to any nationality, creed, religion, political belief or ideology. It is a day devoted to remembering and paying tribute to all animals and the people who love and respect them. World Animal Day is celebrated primarily:

TO celebrate animal life in all its forms;

TO celebrate humankind's relationship with animals;

TO acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives, from being our companions, supporting and helping us, to bring a sense of wonder into our lives; and,

TO acknowledge and be thankful for the way animals enrich our lives.

I am sure Malaysians from all walks of life, especially animal lovers and animal welfare organisations like the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, would have lined up special events to celebrate this day.

For Malaysian animal lovers, this year's World Animal Day will be the most memorable and meaningful one as their voices have been heard.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak recently responded to the voices of animal lovers by indicating his interest in meeting up with them to listen to their concerns, views and recommendations as to how to improve the welfare of our animals and pets.

I wish to appeal to the secretary-general of the United Nations to consider appointing a goodwill ambassador, specifically to promote animal welfare and rights, in member countries.

This will go a long way in acknowledging the roles that animals play in enriching our lives during peaceful and turbulent times.

Mahatma Gandhi's quote sums it all: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated."

World Animal Day is devoted to paying tribute to all animals and the people who love them.


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