Hey, fellow pet lovers!
I hope you and your four-legged friends have been well since I last posted which was back in 2019, which is pretty shocking I know! However, I’ve been tremendously busy with my studies and feel like I’m just managing to keep my head afloat so today is my first real day of publishing a new blog post on epoch.pet since my post; Happy New Year from epoch.pet & Our Plans for 2020. 🎊
Let’s jump straight into today’s interesting post!
National Justice for Animals Week 2020
National Justice for Animals Week spans from the 23-29th of February this year and is all about raising awareness about animal abuse and promoting justice for our animals. The Animal Legal Defence Fund funds this annual event so head over to their website if you’d like to learn more about this wonderful organisation.
What is National Justice for Animals Week all about and how can you help?
As I briefly touched on above, National Justice for Animals Week is all about preventing animal abuse and raising awareness about the ethical treatment of animals worldwide. It is an annual event with its main focus being on preventing animal abuse. Still, it also hopes to show the public how to report it, and how to work within your home town, local community or any place for that matter to promote the creation of stronger laws and stricter enforcement for those who are convicted on animal abuse charges.
Every year this inspiring event puts on seven days of actions and this wonderful week finishes with an announcement of the Top Ten Animal Defenders which includes a wide range of animal lovers such as:
- The top prosecutors
- Law enforcement officials
- Lastly, those who champion the cause of animal crime victims
As you can see above there are a lot of passionate people out there who work in various professions to help save animals worldwide from the horrors of animal abuse. We now know how these wonderful people help this highly important cause but you may be wondering how can you lend a helping hand?
There are various ways in which you can take action and help promote awareness about National Justice for Animals Week and the Animal Legal Defence Fund has created an action for every day of the week which I’ve listed below.
- The first action you can take is a straightforward one, and it is to be prepared. To help the cause, you must know what to do when you witness animal cruelty taking place.
- Secondly, familiarise yourself with your communities animal protection laws. Depending on where you live in the world, these will differ if you live in the US, which I know many of our readers do then state law varies from place to place.
- Next is another simple but effective action in which you can take to help make a positive difference, and that is to Sign up for Action Alerts. These alerts will allow you to get an overview of the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s cases and campaigns delivered straight to your inbox. Simply follow the link above after reading today’s post to sign up.
- The next action you can take is to not just simply read the news or cases and campaigns that get delivered straight to your inbox but to take action and help to make the news concerning these cases and campaigns. Why not write a letter to an editor regarding an issue involving animals in your local area? The Animal Legal Defense Fund has created a whole post which talks about this wonderful idea in a lot more detail so simply follow the link to learn more.
- Another simple action you can take is to connect with the Animal Legal Defense Fund on their many social accounts to help support this vital organisation, and the wonderful causes contributed. I’ve linked to their social accounts below, so make sure you head over there after reading today’s post and give them alike! Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
- Lastly, if you are a student in law, you are encouraged to join the Animal Legal Defence Fund Student Chapter. Chapters are encouraged to host events with the hopes of raising awareness about criminal justice issues in animal law. Head over their website to see a list of activities which students can put on.
2020 Animal Representative; Chuck The Duck 🦆
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this year’s animal representative is a fellow called Chuck the Duck. Little Chuck who is not the duck in the photo above, unfortunately, but if you head over to the Animal Legal Defence Fund’s website you can see an actual photo of the little guy who was one of nearly 150 animals rescued from shocking conditions in Carroll Count, Tenn, by Animal Rescue Corps.
Chuck was rescued during an operation known as Noah’s Ark which took place during April 2018 and is said to have been one of two rescue missions which involved nearly 200 animals in total; taking place over two years. Alongside little Chuck, there were various other animals in need who were saved from the hell whole they lived in such as:
- 43 Dogs 🐕
- 37 Cats 🐈
- 17 Rabbits 🐇
- 10 Geese
- 8 Chickens 🐓
- Sick Ducks ( Including our little Chuck) 🦆
- Six Goats 🐐
- Five Sheep 🐑
- Five Chinchillas
- Four Ferrers
- Lastly, 2 Alpacas. 🦙
As you can see there were a lot of animals abused all who never deserved for any of this to happen to them. Chuck was found in a cage with another duck who had unfortunately died and chuck himself was incredibly lucky to have been found when he was since he was in an awful condition. He was dirty, emaciated and severely dehydrated. The wonderful workers who saved Chuck’s Life did not think he would be able to pull through and survive but I’m so pleased to tell you that he did.
Chuck flourished after being rescued and he became so attached to his caretakers at Redemption Road Rescue that he apparently became know as “Chuck the People Duck” and I’m incredibly happy to inform you that Chuck was adopted after one of the volunteers at the rescue centre fostered him. It’s not that often that you hear about an animal abuse case regarding a duck but all life is sacred, and I am so pleased that Chuck the Duck has gained the fame he has.
Chuck’s rescue has helped to highlight how important is it for all animals, big or small and regardless of the species to receive animal protection and savour from horrid animal abuse. It is stated that his rescue was responsible for setting a legal precedent affirming the constitutionality of a law that aids the financial burden of caring for animals after they have been sized from mistreatment to the alleged abusers.
America’s Top Ten Animal Defenders 2020
The last thing I want to briefly talk about is America’s top ten animal defenders in 2020 and I’m not planning on going into any detail about these wonderful defenders as there is more than enough information listed on the Animals Legal Defence Fund’s Website.
- Bruce Irwin Griffey who is a member of Tennessee House of Representatives & Rebecca Davis Griffey who is an Assistant District Attorney General for Tennessee’s 24 Judicial District Huntingdon, TN
- Judge Alison R. Ferrante, Gilbert, AZ
- Tim Woodward, Executive Director of Animal Rescue Corps, Stanley, VA
- James W. Glasgow, Will County State’s Attorney, Will County State’s Attorney’s Office, Joliet, IL
- Senator Julie Raque Adams, member of the Kentucky Senate, Frankfort, KY
- Judge Gale E. Rasin, Baltimore District Court Judge, Chestertown, MD
- Senator Raymond J. Lesniak, a former member of the New Jersey General Assembly and state Senate, Elizabeth, NJ
- Stacie Aileen Haynes, executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA, Cooperstown, NY
- Casey Mundell, Deputy County Attorney with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, Phoenix, AZ
If you would like to learn more about these amazing individuals, then simply follow the link above. I hope you all enjoyed learning about today’s post; I honestly had great fun writing about Chuck the Duck. I’ve always loved writing such meaningful posts on epoch.pet and enjoy helping to raise awareness about such vital organisations and their causes. If you’d like to see some of our other posts about animal legislation or national pet days, then follow the links below to some of our most popular posts:
- National Walk Your Dog Week
- International Dog Assistance Week
- National Deaf Dog Awareness Week
- National Check The Chip Day
- National Train Your Dog Month
- Responsible Dog Ownership Day
- The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and Breed Specific Legislation within the UK
These are just a select few of the 130 blog posts we have on epoch.pet so make sure you check our many other interesting posts on the blog when you get a chance. I just want to finish today’s post by saying how much I appreciate all the support from our wonderful followers. Even though I haven’t got round to posting any new content on the blog this year, epoch.pet is doing better than ever, and our SEO strategies seem to be working out well as each month our views and visitors seem to keep growing.
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