As we all know, road signs are used to give directions to drivers and passers-by. They are easy to read, but normally they are plain and rigorous. Recently, some animal activists in Lithuania have made some cute mini road signs. They would like to call for attention to the local animals as well as to raise the awareness of protecting them.
Martynas, one of the animal activists, who works in an advertising company, said that oftentimes there are various animals show up in roads where they are easily hurt or even killed by cars. In some places of the city, some animals are often accidentally hurt by people who ride a bicycle or play skateboards. To protect these lovely animals, they set up mini road signs in several places where animals appear frequently. Martynas said that although the road signs are not enough, they still want to draw people’s attention to animal protection through these adorable road signs.
By far, they have received lots of positive comments and respect. However, some people have some doubts about the practicability because obviously animals can’t read the road signs. Martynas thinks perhaps some people didn’t really understand the purpose of setting up these signs is to enhance people’s consciousness. In fact, there are a number of homeless cats and dogs in Lithuania, which is the biggest problem of animal protection and still exists in many other countries.
To some extent, this is because some relevant laws and regulations still need to be improved. He also pointed out a case happened several years ago where someone threw a dog into the river. Local people were furious. Though the police launched an investigation, the case was left unsettled.
The lack of education about protecting animals is another reason why there are so many homeless animals in Lithuania. Some children and even adults abandoned their pets because of various reasons.
Last year, Martynas and his companion also built some mini hotels for birds outdoors. They would like to do more to protect animals. They are passionate and truly welcome more people to join them to protect animals.