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The greatness and moral progress of a nation can be judged by the way it treats animals

This is a wise saying by the Indian politician and thinker, Mahatma Gandhi, for the animals, our companions on planet Earth. This reference may be more general for animals and on national level, but it is applicable in various cases, such as for endangered animals, strays, or our pets and on the individual level.

Today, April 4th, the World Stray Animal Day, established since 2010, is the day that honors all animal lovers who in practice prove their daily love and care for unprotected creatures, it is a day to raise awareness and mobilize stray animals everywhere.

The wretched conditions experienced by stray animals are a commonality worldwide. The inadequacy in their feeding, their exposure to diseases, the excessive cold and heat causes an unhappy and poor life on the streets, while still having to deal with hostile and violent people.

The global animal welfare movement in general, which is celebrated on 4 October with World Animal Day, is trying through global power to make the world a better place for all animals, regardless of the country.

National Pet Day in the United States has been celebrated on 11 April 11 2006. It also draws the world’s attention to the ongoing needs of many pets of all kinds waiting in shelters to be adopted. This movement encourages people who want purebred dogs and cats to contact rescue organisations instead of going to a breeder.

Animals, whether they are our pets, the strays we care for, or the animals of our planet, are creatures who feel. They are beings who give life, love, joy and health. Honor the people who contribute to their well-being. Honor the animals that are your companion, honor the animals that preserve the human race. Daily. Because we’re part of the chain, too.

Photo by Edgar