Animal Scene - - MY PET’S LIFE - Text and com­pi­la­tion by REGINA LAYUG ROSERO

2: Mutt Day - Peo­ple love mutts (dogs with no par­tic­u­lar breed) so much that they cel­e­brate this day twice: on July 31 and De­cem­ber 2! “The idea of a day des­ig­nated to raise aware­ness of home­less mixed breed dogs was con­ceived in 2005. To em­brace, cel­e­brate and help save the lives of mixed breed dogs. It’s to raise aware­ness of the plight of lov­able mutts lan­guish­ing in shel­ters across the U.S., wait­ing pa­tiently for a fam­ily to take them home.” (http://healthy­pets.mer­cola.com/ sites/healthy­pets/ar­chive/2013/12/02/ na­tional-mutt-day.aspx) 4: Frances Power Cobbe’s birth­day - This Ir­ish fem­i­nist and writer was born in 1822. “Cobbe was…in­volved in the cam­paign against vivi­sec­tion. In 1870 she ad­vo­cated strength­en­ing the law on ex­per­i­ments on an­i­mals, and over the next few years be­came one of the lead­ers of the Bri­tish anti-vivi­sec­tion move­ment. (http://spar­ta­cus-ed­u­ca­tional.com/

Wcobbe.htm) Vivi­sec­tion is the prac­tice of per­form­ing op­er­a­tions on live an­i­mals for the pur­pose of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion or sci­en­tific re­search. “

4: World Wildlife Day - “World Wildlife Day is an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the many beau­ti­ful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise aware­ness of the mul­ti­tude of ben­e­fits that con­ser­va­tion pro­vides to peo­ple. At the same time, the Day re­minds us of the ur­gent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-rang­ing eco­nomic, en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial im­pacts.” Learn more at http://www. wildlife­day.org/.

4: In­ter­na­tional Chee­tah Day - “This spe­cial oc­ca­sion is de­signed to ed­u­cate young learners about the species, its plight, and in­spire peo­ple of all ages to get in­volved with con­ser­va­tion ef­forts. The chee­tah is not only the fastest, but it is also the old­est and sadly, Africa’s most en­dan­gered big cat. It has sur­vived more than three mil­lion years through the Ice Age and a ge­netic bot­tle­neck, only to have its numbers dec­i­mated by al­most 90 per­cent in the last 100 years.” (http:// chee­tah.org/press-re­lease/10-ways-you­can-cel­e­brate-in­ter­na­tional-chee­tah­day/) 9: Martin de Por­res’s Birth­day - Many pet bless­ings are cel­e­brated on this day! Born in 1579 in Lima, Peru, Por­res en­tered the Do­mini­can clergy in 1601. “It is said he had many ex­traor­di­nary abil­i­ties, in­clud­ing aerial flights, bilo­ca­tion, in­stant cures, mirac­u­lous knowl­edge, spir­i­tual knowl­edge and an ex­cel­lent re­la­tion­ship with an­i­mals.” (http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint. php?sain­t_id=306) 9-11: Philip­pine Bird Fes­ti­val Or­ga­nized by the Wild Bird Club of the Philip­pines, the tenth fes­ti­val was held in the City of Balanga, to high­light the di­verse bird life found in the prov­ince. “Each LGU adopted a bird species to rep­re­sent their mu­nic­i­pal­ity and a Con­ser­va­tion Fo­rum has held to tackle the threats to bio­di­ver­sity in Bataan. Ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded was climb up Mt. Sa­mat, an auc­tion in sup­port of the Asian Bird Fair Net­work, and very mem­o­rable Mayor’s Wel­come Din­ner and Gover­nor’s

Farewell Din­ner.” (https://ebonph. word­press.com/2016/01/28/10-years-of­philip­pine-bird-fes­ti­vals/) 10: In­ter­na­tional Day of An­i­mal Rights - “On De­cem­ber 10, 1948 the Gen­eral Assem­bly of the United Na­tions adopted and pro­claimed the Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights to pre­vent World War II and the con­cen­tra­tion camps hor­rors from be­ing re­peated. Some years ago, in­di­vid­u­als, or­gan­i­sa­tions and as­so­ci­a­tions from all over the world de­manded that this should be ex­tended to the other an­i­mals with which we share the planet and that De­cem­ber 10 should also be In­ter­na­tional An­i­mal Rights Day.” (http:// www.in­ter­na­tion­alan­i­mal­rights­day.org/) 10: Fes­ti­val for the Soul of Dead Whales -In mid-june, the first cel­e­bra­tion, ‘Naluqatak,’ takes place. A sec­ond cel­e­bra­tion takes place in Novem­ber. The third part of the cel­e­bra­tion takes place around Christ­mas, when “the re­main­der of the whale is dis­trib­uted.” (http:// news.na­tion­al­geo­graphic.com/ news/2002/12/1210_021210_ whale­spir­its.html) 13: Day of the Horse (Sec­ond Satur­day in De­cem­ber) - In 2004, the US Congress rec­og­nized the first of­fi­cial Na­tional Day of the Horse. (http://www.horsechan­nel.com/hors­e­news/2009/12/12/na­tional-day-of-the­horse.aspx) 14: Mon­key Day - Time to mon­key around! “Mon­key Day is an an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of all things simian, a fes­ti­val of pri­mates, a chance to scream like a mon­key and throw fe­ces at whomever you choose. Or per­haps just a rea­son to hang out with your friends while grunt­ing and pick­ing fleas off each other.” (http://mon­key­day.com/faq/)

14: Christ­mas Bird Count Week (De­cem­ber 14 - Jan­uary 5) - This is the Audubon So­ci­ety’s “long­est-run­ning cit­i­zen science bird pro­ject.” Ac­cord­ing their web­site, “Prior to the turn of the 20th cen­tury, hun­ters en­gaged in a holiday tra­di­tion known as the Christ­mas ‘Side Hunt.’ Be­gin­ning on Christ­mas Day 1900, or­nithol­o­gist Frank M. Chap­man, an early of­fi­cer in the then-nascent Audubon So­ci­ety, pro­posed a new holiday tra­di­tion—a ‘Christ­mas Bird Cen­sus’ that would count birds dur­ing the hol­i­days rather than hunt them.” (http://www.audubon.org/con­ser­va­tion/ his­tory-christ­mas-bird-count) 27: Visit the Zoo Day - Ac­cord­ing to the Smith­so­nian Li­brary, “If you vis­ited the zoo prior to the twen­ti­eth cen­tury you would most likely have seen the an­i­mals be­hind bars in cages. But in the early 1900s Carl Ha­gen­beck de­cided he wanted to dis­play an­i­mals in a more ‘nat­u­ral’ venue. After years of work­ing in his fam­ily’s wild an­i­mal trade busi­ness he cre­ated his ‘Tier­park’ in Stellin­gen, Ger­many.” (https://blog.li­brary. si.edu/2010/12/de­cem­ber-27visit-the­zoo-day/#.v9jc5pp9601)

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