Otara Lanka’s Ambassador for World Animal Day
Otara Gunewardene has been appointed as Lanka’s Ambassador for World
Animal Day - an initiative for uniting the animal welfare movement
worldwide, in recognition of her numerous efforts to curb the country’s
stray dog population through her personal Corporate Social
Responsibility (CSR) initiative.
This honour cements Otara’s reputation as one of Sri Lanka’s most
passionate advocates on the prevention of cruelty to animals.
World Animal Day started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in
Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species, has
since grown to encompass all kinds of animal life and is widely
celebrated in countries throughout the world.
As an Ambassador towards this initiative, Otara will play a vital
role of promoting this cause within the local community to ensure the
speedy growth of the ideas behind World Animal Day.
The website for the initiative claims that all its Ambassadors are
highly motivated individuals who are passionate about animals and their
welfare, have proven their commitment to encouraging support for the
World Animal Day initiative in their own country.
Speaking about his recognition, Otara said it was vital for all
animal welfare groups to work together to establish a united, common
platform where animal lovers can come together with the goal of ensuring
the eradication of cruelty to animals.