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WORLD ANIMAL DAY 4 OCTOBER 2019

by Julie Kempson, Oct 2019

Today, 4th October is World Animal Day celebrated internationally all over the globe.

HISTORY OF WORLD ANIMAL DAY

The first World Animal Day was organised on 24 March 1925 by Heinrich Zimmerman at the Sport Palace in Gemany, when over 5000 people attended the event.    It was originally scheduled for 4th October to coincide with with the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology, but the venue was not available on that day.    In 1929, the event was moved to 4th October for the first time and initially was only celebrated in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Czechoslovakia.  

Zimmerman worked tirelessly to promote World Animal Day and finally in May 1931 at a congress of the International Animal Protection Congress in Florence in Italy, his proposal to make 4 October World Animal Day universal,  was unanimously accepted and adopted as a resolution.

THE MISSION OF WORLD ANIMAL DAY

The Mission of World Animal Day is “To raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe. Building the celebration of World Animal Day unites the animal welfare movement, mobilising it into a global force to make the world a better place for all animals. It’s celebrated in different ways in every country, irrespective of nationality, religion, faith or political ideology. Through increased awareness and education we can create a world where animals are always recognised as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare.”

Since 2003, in the UK, World Animal Day is led and sponsored by UK based animal welfare charity,  Naturewatch Foundation.   Find out more about this charity by clicking here