World Animal Day 2018

World Animal Day is an international day of action for animal rights and welfare. It is celebrated on October 4th, which is the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi the patron saint of ecology and animals.
Oct 4, 2018, 9:31 am ISTAnimalsLoveAnimals Staff
World Animal Day
  World Animal Day

World Animal Day was originated by Heinrich Zimmermann, the German writer and publisher of the magazine Mensch und Hund/Man and Dog. The event was originally scheduled to take place on October 4th to align with the feast day of Saint Francis of Assis. However the venue was not available on that day, so the first World Animal Day was instead held on March 24th 1925 at the Sport Palace in Berlin, Germany. Over 5,000 people attended this inaugural event. The event was later moved to October 4th for the first time in 1929.

World Animal Day is a global event uniting the animal protection movement, led and sponsored by the UK-based animal welfare charity, Naturewatch Foundation. The main goals are to raise awareness around general issues affecting animals and to mobilize people around the world to support change at the business, social, and political levels. This celebration starts from the premise that we are stronger as a group to face animal issues around the globe.

Throughout history, social movements like World Animal Day have always been a major vehicle for ordinary people’s participation in politics, and key in fighting for social justice and reform. Around the world there have been many successful social movements that challenged injustice and promoted democracy, with ground-breaking laws being passed in response.

This shows that social movements can work when enough momentum and support has been built up. As with all mass actions, the animal welfare movement is made up of members of large organisations, small groups or individuals and the people involved are from all walks of life. People who have made the decision to use their time, talents and resources to help make the world a better place for animals, the people who care for them and the wider communities in which they live.

The lives of animals are profoundly affected by the actions of individuals, businesses and nations. It’s therefore essential that, as sentient beings, their rightful status as recipients of social justice is established and translated into effective animal protection. There is no doubt that increased awareness of animal issues via the availability of accurate information, combined with better education for both adults and children, is helping to develop a compassionate culture which is slowly feeding into legal reform and social progress.

World Animal Day has already brought about a significant and lasting contribution towards advancing animal welfare standards, and its influence will only continue to grow. So let’s celebrate World Animal Day on October 4th and keep in mind the special connection that unites us with animals and nature. How does World Animal Day inspire you? Share your comments below!

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