United Nations Declare a World Dog Day

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Even before I come to the main text, I urge people to sign and share this petition because if it succeeds, it will go a long way in ending cruelty to dogs. This petition impacts not just one dog but all the dogs of the world so please see the BIG picture. Despite protests all over the world, dogs are still killed in barbaric ways and their meat is eaten in many parts of the world such as Yulin in China, Korea, etc. Unless a petition like this succeeds, cruelty to dogs will continue.

A dog is truly man's best friend. Unconditional love is just one of the gifts dogs give us and teach us. The relationship between humans and dogs goes back to almost 32000 years. Dogs have helped humans not only as pets but also as guide dogs for the handicapped, police dogs, therapy dogs, police dogs, war dogs and much more. It is high time a truly global day (declared by the United Nations) is declared for them and hence I request as many people as possible to sign this petition and urge H.E Mr. Koro Bessho (the permanent ambassador of Japan to the UN) to place a proposal before the United Nations to declare Nov 10 (Hachiko's birthday) as the World Dog Day. Hachiko was one of the most loyal dogs to have lived and his story has been shown in films, the most recent one being 'Hachiko - A Dog's Tale' starring Richard Gere. Hachiko waited for his dead master at the railway station for almost ten years after the latter's death. Hachiko was a legendary dog and lived in Japan and hence it is only fit to have a Japanese representative place a proposal before the UN.

The UN World Dog Day will not only create greater awareness and understanding about dogs and their rights but also reduce cruelty towards them such as in the Yulin Dog Meat festival and elsewhere. The success of this petition will force countries to strengthen dog protection laws (in fact animal protection laws in general) so it is important for all animal lovers (not just dog lovers) to sign this petition. The World Dog Day declared by the UN will be at par with other important days such as the Labor Day, Women's Day, etc. Dogs (in fact all animals) will get greater respectability not just from dog lovers but also from those who do not like dogs or are indifferent to them. This will be the first time that the United Nations will have dedicated a day for a particular animal. No animal lover can deny that of all animals, dogs truly deserve this honor.  I urge as many people as possible from different countries to sign this petition.

PS - Some countries such as the US do have their National Dog Days, however those 'days' are not truly global but are country specific only. The fact is, unless a day has been declared by the United Nations (such Labor/Women's,etc.) it is not truly global, hence, signing this petition is important. The photo in the petition is of the statue of Hachiko in front of the train station of Shibuya, Tokyo, where he waited for ten years for his master. People can be seen paying homage to this wonderful and loyal dog.  

Manish Jaitly