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Today – the World Animal Day

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUFriday, October 4, is celebrated as the World Animal Day. That said, Latvia will hold a number of events organized by Dzīvnieku draugs (Animal friend) and Dzīvnieku brīvība (Animal freedom).

This year’s World Animal Day in Latvia will held held under the motto “Defend freedom!” The main topic of events will be wild animals held in captivity and used for human needs, says Dzīvnieku draugs animal shelter social relations specialist Laura Karnite.

“Millions of wild animals in the world spend their lives in captivity as pets, farms, laboratories, circus, zoos or as tourist entertainment. Most wild animals held in captivity live in unacceptable conditions. They are subjected to stress, pain and emotional suffering only to entertain people,” – Karnite says.

This is why there are more and more countries in the world where circus acts with wild animals are banned. The same applies to fur production industry, limitation of wild animal captivity and setting stricter rules for zoological gardens, so that they transform from being entertainment location into research facilities aimed at preserving endangered species.

In spite of strict regulations, many animal species are bread in captivity, most are caught in the wild, both legally and illegally. According the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network (TRAFFIC), 317,000 birds, more than 2 million live reptiles and 300,000 snakes were sold annually in 2005-2009.

There are thousands of wild animals that live in Latvia in captivity, including more than 700 endangered species. Wolves, bears, foxes, camels, ostriches, giraffes and hundreds of other animals are kept in zoological gardens and individual collections. The monitoring of the quality of their lives is weak. This is why Latvia was criticized by international wildlife organizations. The situation is even worse with exotic pets – turtles, lizards and birds sold by private owners. These animals can be bought by anyone. There is next to no monitoring and control over their lives, Karnite said.

According to Karnite, one of the most emotional traditions of this day is the spiritual service dedicated to animals. Such services are held in many countries. In Latvia, this tradition was started in 2007.

The main event of the World Animal Day will be the Strings of freedom performance near the Riga Congress Hall at 14:00.

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