In the midst of faux holidays that hold little meaning (I’m looking at you, National Fluffer-Nutter Day) April 4th calls our attention to the epidemic numbers of stray animals via World Stray Animals Day.
At a time when people are seemingly more attuned than ever to the suffering caused by animal overpopulation, a staggering 600 million animals still live and die on the streets as strays. Stray animals are often seen as a nuisance, vicious, or a less urgent social problem when compared to the human suffering that seems so overwhelming in some developing and struggling areas.
World Stray Animals Day, also known as The Day to Show Compassion, shines a public spotlight on this issue and boasts a powerful and dedicated ambassador: Cesar Milan.
In a moving article in the Huffington Post, Milan depicted the plight of stray animals around the world: “They were thrown away by their owners, born on the streets, or simply got lost. They didn’t create their situation but they have to live with it, or as is more often the case, die with it.”
Milan even made a video to urge people to make the Day to Show Compassion an everyday thing. Get your tissues handy, some of the footage is heartbreaking:
Like many of us, Milan feels the plight these animals experience because, as he said, “In many ways, I was a stray. I came to America. I had practically nothing. I didn’t know when I was going to eat. I didn’t know where I was going to sleep. I didn’t know what was going to happen to me…It’s a scary thing to sleep on the streets and not know what the future is going to bring.”
The good news is that we can help. From organizing spay and neuter or trap-neuter-release (TNR) programs, to adopting a stray animal, to treating a street animal with kindness, the World Stray Animals Day website has ideas and support for doing your part. Mosey on over to the Flagpile portion of the site, where you can learn about innovative events in and advocates from other countries like Sri Lanka, Armenia, and Finland.
“These are actual living feeling beings that lead incredibly brutal and painful lives. And it’s largely because of things that we humans have done,” Milan said. We hope that this holiday will remind people that we have the duty to carry this spirit of compassionate activism everyday.
Source: Huffington Post
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