South Africa's elder statesman Nelson Mandela is marking his 90th birthday Friday in a private celebration with his family and friends The Pooses for Peace at his home in the Eastern Cape. The celebrity cats arrived in Africa late last night and will be staying with Nelson Mandela and his family for the weekend.
Mr Mandela made the following comment" If a ninety-year-old may offer some unsolicited advice on this occasion, it would be that you, irrespective of your age, should place human solidarity [and] a concern for others at the center of the values by which you live," he said.
He added that all animals should be treated with the upmost respect and compassion from humans. And reminded those who believe they are superior to animals that they are not.