October 4 is the International Day of Animals. It celebrates all of animal life from the smallest insect to the largest of animals such as giraffes and elephants. This day is especially important since over the last years humans have hunted animals indiscriminately and through climate change and pollution have devastated the environments many animals depend on.
Animals are not just our household domestic ones, such as cats, dogs, and rabbits. There is a seeming infinity of animals around the world and with them we share this beautiful planet.
The idea behind this date is to raise people’s awareness that we should take care of our environment as well as the animals that inhabit it. By destroying their habitat we are also destroying animal life.
Peru has a marvelous and diverse fauna which we must take care of.
Nevertheless, day by day thousands of them are killed and many face extinction. Without going far afield we can just think of the relatives of the llama, the wild guanacos They are very rarely seen now in the highlands although they used to be abundant. We could say the same for the frogs of Lake Titicaca which are now on the verge of extinction.
Those animals have an immense value as part of our culture. We must stop those people and businesses who are dedicated to indiscriminate hunting around the world, and block the commercialization of these animals and their parts.
We need to defend animal life so that upcoming generation will know the beauty of this planet with its plants, animals, and people. If we take care of our world they will be safe. People must take responsibility for this great legacy so that our children and grandchildren will continue to enjoy this beautiful word.