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Humans, who share the planet with all kinds of different creatures, sometimes need to be reminded that animals deserve to be treated with dignity, respect and care. Whether furry or scaly; warm-blooded or cold-blooded; on land, in the air or in the sea – all of the animals on the Earth merit fair and considerate treatment.

International Animal Rights Day is the time to do just that!

History of International Animal Rights Day

Although the United Nations made a declaration and proclamation about human rights in 1948, following World War II, respecting the rights of animals on the planet has continued to be a problem. Decades later, the idea for observing a day to celebrate and raise awareness for the rights of animals turned into International Animal Rights Day.

This planet is home to all of us creatures. Not only do we need each other so that our diverse ecosystems can thrive, but we should also appreciate all of the unique and interesting animals that live with us simply because of their beautiful intricacies that make up nature.

How to Celebrate International Animal Rights Day

Join in on speaking up for those who don’t have their own voice by getting involved with International Animal Rights Day in some of these ways:

Teach Kids About Animal Rights

Whether a parent, teacher, grandparent or friend, those who have an influence on children can take this time to teach them how to value and respect the animals in the world. Perhaps use International Animal Rights Day as a motivator to talk about conservation, learn about animals that are on endangered or at-risk species lists, and practice ways to be more kind to the animals and the environment.

Volunteer with an Animal Rights Group

Whether it’s a local charity that is advocating for spaying and neutering feral cats, or an international organization that is working to prevent oil spills in the oceans, or getting involved with PETA, International Animal Rights Day is a perfect catalyst for working to help the animals. Make a donation, boycott a company that performs testing on animals, or hold an animal rights awareness event in honor of the day.

Watch a Show About Animal Rights and Conservation

Plenty of important and educational documentary films and shows, as well as animated movies with these themes, have been made to feature the plight of animals, particularly those who are endangered. Choose from titles such as these:

  • The Plague Dogs (1982). An animated (but not for children) film about the plight of dogs caught up in animal testing. 
  • Food, Inc. (2008). This educational film exposes the viewer to many of the cruel aspects of the food industry in the Western world. 
  • I Am an Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA (2007). This movie features the story behind the way that PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) was founded. 
  • Free Willy (1993). A fictional depiction about a boy who learns about the desperate plight of a killer whale that has been in captivity.

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