Now is the time for all animal lovers to show us their compassion because October 4th is World Animal Day and we are planning to make a big roar.
Animals cannot talk in the conventional way humans communicate with each other. But there is a day when we can all give a voice to animals that cannot speak for themselves. On October 4, people from all over the world will come together to celebrate World Animal Day. In any corner of the planet, regardless of the country you explore, animals will always have a strong impact on the culture of the region.
HISTORY OF WORLD ANIMAL DAY
World Animal Day dates back to 1925 when Heinrich Zimmermann organized the first celebration in Berlin. Zimmermann, the editor of a German magazine for animal lovers, “Man and Dog”, launched the event to raise awareness and improve animal welfare. The date of October 4 is also known as the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. Loved among all Catholics, St. Francis was famous for his extraordinary way with animals and all living things. Saint Francis is also the papal name chosen for His Holiness himself, Pope Francis. Some Catholic churches have even been known to offer blessings to pets on this day in honor of all that Saint Francis has done for animals.
World Animal Day has also become a stage for environmentalists to discuss the problems associated with endangered species. Starting in 2003, the UK-based charity Naturewatch Foundation has sponsored the event and organized ways for animal lovers around the world to get involved and make their voices heard in support of our animal friends. This day is not just for domestic animals, it is for wild animals, endangered species and those threatened by environmental devastation or lack of protection. This day is a reminder not only to love the animals in our homes, but also to appreciate and respect all living things that are part of our ecosystem.
CHRONOLOGY OF WORLD ANIMAL DAY
1955 – SAPL makes waves
The Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL) is the first organization to lobby for humane slaughter legislation in the US.
1931 – Animal Victory
The International Congress of Animal Protection in Florence Italy, unanimously accepted and adopted the World Animal Day worldwide.
1877 – The Power of Literature
Anna Seawell’s novel Black Beauty is the first English novel written from the perspective of a non-human and stimulates debate on the treatment of horses.
1624 – First Vegans
Early vegan Lewis Gompertz publishes “Moral Inquiries into the Plot of Man and the Brute,” one of the first books to advocate for animal rights.
530 BC C. – Turning Greek
The Greek philosopher Pythagoras is the first in a line of several Greek and Roman philosophers to teach that animals have souls and advocate vegetarianism.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS OF WORLD ANIMAL DAY
Where can I bless my pet on World Animal Day?
Find your local Catholic church and ask if they are offering blessings for animals.
Is there an event on World Animal Day?
Probable! It’s a global holiday, visit local animal shelters and conservation centers to find out if there are opportunities to give back.
How do I participate in World Animal Day?
There are many things you can do! You can volunteer at a local conservation center or refuge, join a peaceful protest, or donate to your favorite animal rights organization.
HOW TO OBSERVE WORLD ANIMAL DAY
One of the best ways to do your part is to get involved in any of the official events taking place on October 4th. A good place to start is the official World Animal Day website, where you can get help coming up with an idea, organizing one, planning, and putting it into action.
Adopt a pet
Pet adoption marathons are a common event celebrated in many cities on World Animal Day and it’s a small action that can make a big difference. At these events, attendees can learn about pet ownership and care, share stories with other pet owners, purchase pet-related toys, products, and more.
Join a peaceful protest
Peaceful protests are also common around the world on October 4. These can range from the best treatment of livestock farming to the complete completion of cultural hobbies, such as bullfighting, slaughter of whales, and poaching of elephants and other wildlife.
5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ANIMALS
Seahorses mate for life and when they travel, they hold onto their tails.
The heart of a shrimp is found in its head.
At 188 decibels, the blue whale can produce the loudest sound of any animal.
A tiger cannot change its stripes
The skin of a tiger is also striped and each pattern is as unique as a fingerprint.
Flamingos are naturally white
Their diet of brine, shrimp, and seaweed turns them pink.
WHY WORLD ANIMAL DAY IS IMPORTANT
Protecting the ecosystem
Ecosystems are extremely fragile. When a species leaves for whatever reason, it often has serious repercussions for the rest of the system. As we celebrate World Animal Day, we raise awareness of the importance of maintaining balance in our ecosystems. This ensures that tens of thousands of people will maintain their agricultural and fishing livelihoods.
Unites us all
The mission of World Animal Day is to uniteall human beings in the name of improving the lives of animals. This means that all people, regardless of nationality, faith, religion or political ideology, can come together to make a difference. The ultimate goal is to ensure that animals are recognized as sentient beings and that we do everything possible to improve their well-being.
It has been a success
Over the years, World Animal Day has been very successful in improving the lives of animals. In Egypt, the events of the day have resulted in additional clauses in the Egyptian constitution that offer rights to animals. Similarly, in Sudan, the parliament has introduced new legislation aimed at protecting animals.