World Animal Day is celebrated in various ways in every nation, irrespective of political ideology, faith, religion, or nationality. Through increased awareness plus education, we can create a world whereby animals are always acknowledged as sentient beings and full regard is constantly paid to their welfare. World Animal Day is a day of action recognized worldwide for animal rights as well as welfare. It is celebrated on 4 October, Francis of Assisi feast day, the animals’ patron saint
History And Significance
World Animal Day was celebrated for the first time on March 24, 1925, in Berlin, Germany on the initiative of cynologist Heinrich Zimmermann. His purpose to introduce this occasion was to spread awareness about animal welfare. More than 5,000 people attended the first event organized and offered their support for the cause. Interestingly, World Animal Day coincides with the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. The day is significant as it reminds us how animals improve our lives. It also aims to motivate various communities and groups against the brutal behaviour of animals. World Animal Day has also become an arena for ecologists to discuss the problems associated with endangered species. Beginning in 2003, the UK-based charity, Naturewatch Foundation, has sponsored the event and organized ways for animal lovers all over the world to take part and make their voices heard in support of our animal friends. This day is not just for domesticated animals, it’s for wild animals, endangered species, and those threatened by environmental devastation or lack of protection. This day is a reminder not just to love the animals in our homes but to appreciate and respect all living things that are a part of our ecosystem.
Theme Of The Day
This year the theme for World Animal Day is a “shared planet” which highlights that the world belongs to every living creature and not just humans the first-ever established subject for World Animal Day is “shared planet,”
This idea emphasizes that all forms of life, not just people, have a right to this planet. Instead of using the planet for our benefit, we should spread it out and share it with the other species who call it home. Because of this, every living creature on Earth has the right to be treated humanely.