World Animal Day is an international day of action, spreading awareness for animal rights and welfare, held annually on October 4th. It is the one day of the year that celebrates animals from around the world, what they do for us, and what we can do for them.
This event was created by cytologist Heinrich Zimmerman, who organized the first World Animal Day on March 24th, 1925 at Sportpalast in Berlin, Germany. The date was originally scheduled to match the feast date of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, but the venue Zimmerman wanted was already booked that day so it had to be moved.
According to World Animal Day’s website, their mission is: "To raise the status of animals in order to improve their welfare standards around the globe."
To achieve this, it is important for us to actively make changes within our community to contribute to animal advocacy. As humans, we have a massive impact on our environment and the creatures in it because of our modern lifestyle. It is, therefore, our responsibility to advocate for them because they cannot speak up for themselves. Animals must be respected as sentient beings because they live alongside us on this planet and deserve social justice and protection just as much as we do.
There are numerous ways to participate in and support the goals of World Animal Day. Here is a small list of ways you can make a difference in your community!
Attend or create an event that advocates for animal rights.
Volunteer at a local animal shelter.
Start a fundraiser or donate to an organization that supports the welfare of animals.
Attend a peaceful protest.
Remember, change starts with you! If you feel passionate about animal rights, you can make a difference by doing your part because every contribution counts. Don’t know where to start? Visit www.worldanimalday.org.uk for more information!
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