A recent issue has triggered my attention because it contains several items that fall into my topics of collection.
Four stamps and one souvenir sheet have been issued by Portugal on the 7th of September 2011 to celebrate the “world veterinary year”.
Indeed, as I wrote in a previous post about a recent French stamp issue, this is the 250th anniversary of the foundation of the first veterinary school by Claude Bourgelat. It can also be considered as the 250th anniversary of the veterinary profession. In this respect 2011 was elected the world veterinary year (you can find more details on the official website: Vet 2011).
The four stamps of the set illustrate, in a rather colorful way, various aspects of the veterinary profession by picturing various domestic or farm animals.
The first stamp picturing a pig is associated to the animal protection and health. The stamp with the DNA symbol inside the horse stands for the genetic research for improvement of animal breeding. The cat stamp pictures the medicines and medical products used for animal. And the last stamp, the one that pictures a cow producing milk is associated with public hygiene. One more stamp for my cow stamp collection!
The souvenir sheet is associated to “The Centro de Recuperação de Animais Silvestres de Lisboa - LxCRAS, a structure under the City Council of Lisbon and part of the National Network of Centers for the Recovery of the Fauna. It is located in the Biodiversity Space in Monsanto Forest Park. It was officially inaugurated on 15 October 1997 to meet the growing demand and request of the citizens of Lisbon for the collection, reception and recovery of autochthonous wounded or weak wild animals.
The souvenir sheet therefore pictures animals of the forest.
And if you look in the bottom left corner you will see a green frog! So one more item for my frog collection!
I rather like this set, don’t you?