Today, October 4th, is World Animal Day. It is a day for people around the world to consider what they can do to help animals, to prevent their suffering, and to do something to make a difference to how we perceive animals.
It is through increased awareness and education that we can create a world where animals are always recognised as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare.
One way you can consider how to help animals is to take a look at the World Animal Protection’s Wildlife Selfie Campaign (http://bit.ly/2fMR5nB #NotEntertainers) which urges people not to take selfie photos of themselves with captive wild animals such as holding monkeys, reptiles, or having photos of yourself next to tigers and elephants in wildlife amusement parks. In many cases the animals might be drugged or otherwise forced into submission to make them easier for tourists to hold, and the animals should really be in the wild – not being used as an amusement for tourists. You can take photos of animals in their natural habitat – such as on safari, but keep away from wildlife amusement areas where it is clear that the animals are cruelly exploited for use as photo props and souvenir photos.
Have a Happy World Animal Day!