World Compassion Day focuses on animal welfare
Today, Mumbai celebrates World Compassion Day (WCD), a day for non-violence to take centre stage as it nears the fourth anniversary of the tragic 26/11 attacks. Hosted by Pritish Nandy Communications (PNC) and the Humane Society International (HSI), World Compassion Day will see the honorary presence of keynote speaker, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama along with Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor, with the focus being on animal welfare.
Speaking about World Compassion Day, The Dalai Lama says "Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human but also human to other forms of life."
Anil Kapoor says "Mahatma Gandhi said, 'The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.' Compassion goes beyond shaking our heads and sighing, 'oh that's too bad'. Compassion means understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it. We must first want to change the circumstances of others and then we must try our best to change these circumstances."
PNC Chairman Pritish Nandy says "Eventually, WCD will be a global forum for inspiring and supporting change across social, political and environmental platforms to make the value of compassion actionable in our times. Unless we believe in ahimsa (to do no harm), we can't make the world a better place for future generations."
Michael Kennedy, HSI Director, commented that “Humane Society International is honoured and proud to be part of such an important initiative sharing ideologies, values and principles on how to make the Gandhian ideals of ahimsa and compassion relevant to our times, particularly in relation to both humans and animals. HSI believes in a world where people change their interaction with other animals and their environments, evolving from exploitation and harm to respect and compassion.”