This tiny black creature is named Doris and she is one of my best non-human friends.
I love her with all my heart.
…and a lot of these rights are ignored or violated every day, all over the world.
That’s why I’m in the local Amnesty group. This Sunday we will have an event in Rewell Center here in town, in memory of Anna Politkovskaya, a Russian journalist who was murdered the 7th October 2006 for daring to speak the truth. Today, 6 years later, the murder has still not been solved, and in Russia there is no real freedom of speech. Journalists and human rights defenders still have to fear for their lives.
So if you happen to live in Vaasa, or somewhere close, come see us and speak up for the freedom of speech by signing Amnesty’s petition to the Russian government. We are there from 1 pm.
Today is World Animal Day. This celebration of the animals was first started in 1931 to highlight the bad situation of endangered species, but nowadays it’s “a day for remembering and paying tribute to all animals and the people who love and respect them”. The date, October 4, was chosen since it is also the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
The mission statement for World Animal Day is:
- To celebrate animal life in all its forms
- To celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom
- To acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives – from being our companions, supporting and helping us, to bringing a sense of wonder into our lives
- To acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives
This day is celebrated all around the world, and you can find out if there is some event going on in your city on the World Animal Day website.