Day: April 11, 2022

Global: Today (11/4/22) Is ‘National Pet Day’.

We caught you saying ‘Aww, pawfect and pawsome!’ As our bond towards pets enriched, and memories cherished, such words become a part of our vocabulary.

Hey, pet lovers, did you know that there’s a day dedicated to our cute kittens, puppies and other cuties?

Pet Day is observed on April 11 in many countries across the globe, with the aim to protect and care for animals. According to reports, the day came into being by Animal Welfare Advocate Colleen Paige, in 2006. It was then that the day and founded to celebrate the bond with we share with our pets, as well as encourage adoptions.

On Pet Day 2022, Swarna Srikanth, on behalf of the Free Press Journal, strikes a conversation with Sonia Amlani, Head of Adoptions, Bombay Animal Rights BAR.

Here are a few excerpts from the talk, take a look:

Q. On Pet Day, what is your message to our readers?

I strongly believe that pets have more compassion and loyalty thank humans. Having a pet is like having someone in your life who is always going to love you beyond all the conditions and situations. On this special day, we must acknowledge their importance in our life. A person wishing to get a animal home must choose ‘adoption’ and not picking it from commercial sources or breeders. Adopt today, for a kinder world tomorrow.

Become a virtual parent to at least one stray animal. If one can’t adopt a stray to their homes, as a moral duty towards animals, one can step forward to feed community dogs. Vaccinations, sterilization and nutrition towards the stray animals in one’s area should be undertaken by residents for harmony and coexistence. This can be done with the assistance of NGOs like Bombay Animal Rights and other such.

Q. Making stray one’s pet: Is this the need of the hour?

“Adopt, don’t shop” has always been our motto at BAR. The common breed that should be preferred are the RESCUED ANIMALS. Adopting a shelter animal means that you are helping an animal in need!

These animals come from various situations of having left to street over discontinued care, abandoned because they were either sick or diagnosed with disabilities and so on… So, there’s nothing like making a stray one’s pet.

Q. How does having a pet at home benefit our health?

There are many health benefits of owning a pet. From my personal experience and being into the duty towards the animals, I can opine that regular walking or playing with our pets can keep us away from loneliness and depression – as they are one of the best companions to our life.

Trust me children grown with animal are better compassionate human and strengthen their ability to connect with others. Animals are an amazing way to teach your child empathy, kindness, and self-esteem.

Q. What is your mantra or jugaad to make a society ‘pet friendly’, and avoid them being termed a ‘nuisance’?

As per data available with the India International Pet Trade Fair, on an average, six lakh pets are adopted every year.

To those who have/are pet owners might have gone through discrimination at least once in their lives. The issues that they have to face and fight, are mainly a result of ignorance and phobia on the part of the landlords, housing societies or the poor etiquettes by the owners of the pets.

Several legal judgements have termed pet dogs as additional family member. Not entirely planning it over the people who call the species a nuisance, pet owners need to have a civic sense and responsibility towards their pet defecation at public places – which is a common issue raised by society members.

Regards Mark

UK: Brilliant News For Animals. The Animal Welfare Sentience Bill has Passed its Final Stages in the UK Parliament.

The bill has made it all the way to the final stage needed to become law (Picture: Getty)

When you hear this it kinda makes all the work very worthwhile; never give up the fight.

Regards Mark


What is the Animal Welfare Sentience Bill? ‘Landmark law’ reaches final stages

Campaigners, animal rights charities, and animal lovers in general have a reason to be cheerful – the Animal Welfare Sentience Bill has passed its final stages in UK Parliament.  

This means the bill is just one step away from becoming a law, and this will have a direct impact on how most decisions affect the welfare of animals.

Never heard of the bill until now? Let us explain…

What is the Animal Welfare Sentience Bill?

In short, the bill will make it a law to recognise that animals have feelings and their welfare should be considered and protected as a result. 

The bill is described as aiming ‘to make provision for an Animal Sentience Committee with functions relating to the effect of government policy on the welfare of animals as sentient beings.’

The new law will see the formation of an Animal Sentience Committee which will have the freedom to scrutinise any government policy and check that it has taken animal welfare into account.

Chris Sherwood, Chief Executive of the RSPCA said: ‘The Sentience Bill becoming law is an important milestone in ensuring animals have strong legal protections and are recognised as sentient beings who have emotions and feelings.’

‘We are pleased that the new Animal Sentience Committee will be able to influence public policy to improve the lives of animals and create a kinder and more compassionate society.’

What is sentience?

Sentience is the capacity to experience feelings and sensations.

For anyone with pets, it’s not a question if their dogscats or even canaries have feelings, moods, behaviours and personalities.

However, after the UK left the EU following Brexit, animal sentience was the only piece of EU legislation that was not transposed.

This means, that animals are considered to not have feelings, by law, at this time.

This is what inspired the bill to be passed.

Many charities and celebrity campaigners have been pushing for animal sentience to become UK law.

Singer and Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon, whose petition secured over 100,000 signatures for the campaign in 2019, said: ‘Animals enrich and improve our lives in so many ways, so it is only right that we give them our full respect in law.’

‘From the smallest mouse to the largest whale, our decisions can have a huge impact on the welfare of animals, and I’m thrilled that this new law will now mean all government departments will have to show how they’re giving animals the consideration and protection they deserve.’

What is the Royal Assent?

Once a bill has completed all the parliamentary stages in both Houses, it is ready to receive royal assent. This is when the Queen formally agrees to make the bill into a law, or an Act of Parliament.

Once the bill receives Royal Assent, the new law will be known as the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act 2022.

Regards Mark

Metro, London:

What is the Animal Welfare Sentience Bill? | Metro News

UK: More Happy Monday News – Fate is Sealed for UK’s Most Notorious Reptile Market.


11 April 2022


The Animal Protection Agency celebrated a historic breakthrough in ending illegal market trading of exotic animals. Doncaster Racecourse – the venue for the largest UK reptile market – will no longer host the events after their contractual obligations end, with the final event taking place on 19 June 2022; although the Council is continuing investigations into “a number of instances” on compliance and enforcement.

Reptile market organisers planned four events for 2022, the first of which took place on 3rd April. At every event investigated by APA during a long-running campaign, evidence was recorded that it considered to show unlawful animal trading, as well as widespread animal suffering.

Throughout the event’s history, many thousands of sensitive wild animals have been treated like inanimate commodities – displayed and sold in small, plastic takeaway tubs. APA has worked, over several years, with English and Welsh councils to clamp down on reptile markets and as a result, the Doncaster reptile market was the last of its kind in the UK.

APA greatly appreciated the time that Council Officers have taken to examine the evidence provided to them, and will continue to offer further assistance if needed. The hard work and conscientious commitment of supportive Councillors has ensured that reptile markets no longer have a place in Doncaster. APA also acknowledged the vital role played by World Animal Protection in bringing this issue to the public’s attention. Their campaign led to the Council being inundated with letters about the event, which ultimately helped to finish one of the largest reptile markets in Europe.

I’m grateful for the work put in by the Animal Protection Agency over many years, which has brought us to this current position. APA has worked tirelessly and professionally to end potentially illegal trading. Whilst I accept that many exotic animal keepers care for their animals, I find this business abhorrent and something that should not take place in the UK – and certainly not in Doncaster.

Cllr David Shaw, Chair of Doncaster Council’s Licensing Committee

In my view, the reptile markets at Doncaster have for years been a blight on the welfare of these wild animals, which are now well accepted to be highly sensitive to the kind of restrictive captive conditions and deprivations that are absurdly endemic to selling pets via makeshift stalls. The Animal Protection Agency, Doncaster Council, and the venue managers deserve high praise for their commitments to safeguarding animal welfare and mirroring the public conscience, which strongly rejects abusive treatment of wild animals for spurious reasons.

Dr Clifford Warwick, Reptile Biologist

Trading in pet animals at market stalls was outlawed almost forty years ago on the grounds that animal welfare cannot be ensured in temporary and makeshift environments.

We are delighted to see this event coming to an end. No animal deserves such maltreatment and we are now closer than ever to completely eradicating wild animal markets in the UK.

Elaine Toland, APA Director

Read more on wildlife trade and trafficking.

Regards Mark

UK: Snares Petition – You Did It; 100,000+; So Now A Debate On The Issue In Parliament.

Great news to start Monday – together we have achieved the necessary 100,000 petition signatures required for the House of Commons (UK Parliament) to hold a debate on the issue of snares.  When we have news on a date being set and necessary actions, you will be informed via this site.

Well done everyone – you did it !

Regards Mark

Dear Mark,

Snares petition – you did it!!!

A huge thank you to the 100,000 plus compassionate and dedicated people who signed our government petition to ban snares – and to everyone who helped spread the word about the petition. Absolutely amazing work!

Our heartfelt gratitude, too, to all the groups – right across the spectrum – who have supported and helped the campaign, as well as the high-profile public figures, like Chris Packham, Peter Egan and Deborah Meaden, who also called for a ban on snares. 

Having secured 100,000 signatures, we are now awaiting confirmation from the government on the date for the debate on snares. Ahead of the debate, we now need to quickly turn our attention to gaining political support: we need as many MPs as possible to support the campaign before the end of this parliamentary session.

Please take two minutes to contact your MP.

Thank you so much – from me, and from all the team.

Fiona – Animal Aid; Kent England. (WAV Home County !)

Website –

Past WAV information on this:

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