Today, we have the honor to feature American actor and animal rights activist Aylam Orian. In addition to his love of performing, Aylam has cared for the animals and their well-being from a very young age. In 2011, Mr. Orian brought together animal rights activists for what would eventually become the first National Animal Rights Day or NARD. “But we put on this event that was well attended. We called it ‘Our Planet. Theirs Too.’ But we did get people from all groups to come. We wrote the Declaration of Animal Rights. And it's actually the first National Animal Rights Day, June 5. This is a big event that celebrates animals, and the planet, and how humans can live with both in peace and harmony. And we really want to show people that another world is possible.” After that first NARD event in 2011, the ceremony spread to states all over the US and eventually throughout the world, including this ceremony in Los Angeles, California, USA, in 2015. “They took you from your family and stuck you in a testing place. They snatched you from your mommy before she touched your face. They sent you to the circus ring to amuse the laughing crowds. They stripped you of your hair and skin and threw you on the ground. But even in these moments, we wanted you to know that we see you, we hear you, we feel you; we love you, that you are not alone. One day on this ravaged earth, when blood and tears subside, everything will be so calm and green from side to side. Animals like me and you will share this place in peace. And there will be no suffering, just joy and love and ease.” Supreme Master Ching Hai: “Happily present Aylam Orian with the Shining World Compassion Award, with a loving gift of US$10,000 towards your noble organization, Our Planet. Theirs Too. Lots of love, praises and prayers for your success, in God’s mercy.” For more information about Aylam Orian’s projects, please visit the following websites: The National Animal Rights Day TheNARD.org Our Planet. Theirs Too. OurPlanet TheirsToo.org The Declaration of Animal Rights DeclarationofAR.org The National Animal Rights Day is being observed on Sunday, June 7, 2020, through an online global event. Please go to Facebook.com/opttnard for more details.