ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that World Animal Day has drawn our collective attention to the state of rights endowed on the animals the world over, which was dedicated at an ecologist’s convention in Florence, Italy in 1931, to highlight the plight of endangered species.
Prime Minister in his message on Word Animal Day said that the lives of the animals in all forms are celebrated and events are also planned in the entire world. The World Animal Day 2010 is intended as a day to celebrate for those who care about the animals. The 4th of October was chosen as World Animal Day because this is feast date of supporter saint of the animals and the nature lover, Francis of Assisi, he added.
The PM stated that World Animal Day has gone further than mere celebrations of a Christian saint and it was currently celebrated by the animal–lovers from different nationalities and political beliefs, adding it denoted our appreciation of the relationships of the human beings with animals who share our earth and different ways in which animals contribute to our lives. He further said that the World Animal Day also provides very special opportunity to ensure caring treatment for the farm animals and also to promote the fortification of habitats, which are residence to wild animals.
The PM said, “Pakistan is blessed with diversified animal resources. It includes farm animals/livestock, pets, birds and wild life etc. The contribution of livestock to national GDP (11.4%) foreign exchange earnings (8.5%) and rural socioeconomic development of the country is significant. The animal welfare issues are being regulated by Livestock Laws and Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act, 1890, Rules 1961 and amendments made in 1981”.