Introduced By: Senators Coderre T., Kelly, Sosnowski, Perry and Algiere
Date Introduced : May 4, 1999
WHEREAS, In today's society, everything is done quickly, people are less friendly and the world is more violent. We all wish for a more peaceful world for all living things; and
WHEREAS, On May 8, 1997, a Woonsocket Ceremonial was held at Harris Hall. On this day, children, parents, grandparents, educators, community leaders, and city officials gathered together to honor their children's desire to help make a better world for people, animals, and the environment. There were songs, meaningful conversation, and sincere pledges that "possession of respect for one's self ....is a means toward improving society, reducing violence, and enhancing humanitarianism"; and
WHEREAS, May 8th is D.J. Dog of Joy's birthday which celebrates companion animals as an integral part of our families and pet inspired values development programs in schools; and
WHEREAS, The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations would be the first state to implement this type of holiday. With guest speakers, service learning educational projects, and pet-assisted therapy supporters, it would be one day in which young and old could bond together to make for a more peaceful existence; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations hereby declares May 8, 1999 as "D. J. Respect for Living Things Day" and urges all Rhode Islanders to participate in this worthwhile event celebrated on Friday May 7, 1999 at the Roger Williams Park Casino; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he is hereby authorized and directed to transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to Linda Jones, State Chairperson, Feinstein High School, and Dr. Patricia Nolan, Director of the Rhode Island Health Department.