world animal day logoFCVC supports World Animal Day, as the primary goal of this ongoing mission is to raise the status of animals in order to improve standards for their welfare around the globe. This is a lofty goal when it competes with sub-standard human conditions in many parts of the world.

Share the hashtag – #WorldAnimalDay. Find out how you, too, can take a selfie promoting World Animal Day today, at the bottom of this post.

A picture we saw recently, that struck home the power of what one person can do, bore the statement, “Saving one animal may not change the world, but for that one, the whole world will change.” We bring you this article from across the pond, from our friends at WorldAnimalDay:

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Why World Animal Day is October 4th

World Animal Day was chosen to be on October 4th as it marks the death of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology, including animals. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) was the founder of the Catholic Franciscan order. Legend has it that Saint Francis was able to talk to animals, which is why he is depicted in numerous paintings in their company. He would also preach to the animals and even tamed a wolf. He died on the eve of October 4th, which became his patron saints day. Assisi is a town in central Italy, north of Rome, only two hours from Florence where in 1931, 705 years after Francis’ death, World Animal Day was officially adopted.

The Origin of World Animal Day

The idea of World Animal Day was originated by Heinrich Zimmermann, the German writer and publisher of the magazine Mensch und Hund/Man and Dog. He organized the first World Animal Day on 24 March 1925 in Berlin and moved it to 4 October for the first time in 1929. Initially he found a following only in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Czechoslovakia. Every year Zimmermann worked tirelessly on the promotion of World Animal Day. Finally, in May 1931 at a congress of the world’s animal protection organizations in Florence Italy, his proposal to make 4 October World Animal Day universal, was unanimously accepted.

world animal day shareMission of World Animal Day

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, mobilizing 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 recognized as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare.

Celebrate World Animal Day – October 4th

To achieve this mission, we encourage animal welfare organizations, community groups, youth and children’s clubs, businesses and individuals to organize events in celebration of World Animal Day. Involvement is growing at an astonishing rate and it’s now widely accepted and celebrated in a variety of different ways in many countries, with no regard to nationality, religion, faith or political ideology.

Events are organized under the World Animal Day Umbrella by being publicized on this website and advertised using the World Animal Day brand and logo. Global branding effectively ties all events together and, over the years we have found this approach to be particularly helpful to grass roots groups who struggle to attract media attention in order to raise awareness of their work and fund raise. This draws attention to animal issues and makes them front page news – a vital catalyst for change. Each year the logo becomes more widely recognized as a global brand for animals.  A brand that unites the animal welfare movement – firmly establishing itself as a platform for raising the status of animals.

Participation in World Animal Day will continue to grow until it reaches and connects animal advocates in all corners of the world.  It’s something that everyone can join in with, whether they are part of an organization, group, or an individual.  We regularly receive wonderfully inspiring messages about World Animal Day from animal advocates around the world.  For example:“Thank you once again for your inspiration and support towards this auspicious World Animal Day that continues to make a huge difference for animals in Africa and the world at large.” Josphat Ngonyo, Executive Director, Africa Network for Animal Welfare, and “What World Animal Day is doing for animals is truly influencing all of us in amazing ways.”

World Animal Day with pigletWhy Celebrate World Animal Day?

Building the celebration of World Animal Day mobilizes people for action now for a better future for animals.

Throughout history, social movements (mass actions) 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. 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. World Animal Day embraces all animals and the unique concerns of each, in every country, and makes animals front page news.

Through increased awareness and education, we can help develop a compassionate culture which feeds into legal reform and social progress to make this world a fairer place for all living creatures.A world where animals are recognized as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare.

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. We regularly receive heart-warming messages from people keen to tell us about what being involved with World Animal Day has helped them achieve and we’d like to share a few of these phenomenal victories with you now:

  • Amina Abaza, who heads the Society for the Protection of Animal Rights in Egypt (SPARE), has used World Animal Day to successfully lobby for the addition of a clause about animal welfare in the new Egyptian Constitution and, more recently, submitted a Model Animal Welfare Act to the Egyptian Parliament.
  • Another ground-breaking event achieved by SPARE was held at Cairo University’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine where animals are used in education. Attended by professors, students, the Dean and Vice Dean of the Faculty, and other dignitaries, speeches were made by the President of the Egyptian Veterinary Association and representatives of several, highly-respected animal welfare NGOs to increase awareness about alternatives to the use of animals in education and a film was shown about animal suffering throughout the world.
  • Both Animals Lebanon and AnimaNaturalis Colombia have achieved a Municipal Resolution that requires the Secretariats of the Environment and Civic Culture to commemorate World Animal Day each year, which is helping tremendously to raise awareness among citizens about the ethical treatment of animals.
  • The Sudanese Animal Care & Environmental Organizations greatest achievement is the introduction of animal protection legislation by the Sudanese parliament. Much of the work to achieve this magnificent goal is attributed to increased awareness of animal welfare issues brought about by World Animal Day.
  • In many countries, World Animal Day is now being celebrated by various government departments.  For example, the Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust (HART) is delighted that Nepal’s Department of Livestock Services gets involved each year. Khageshwaar Sharma, our Ambassador in Nepal says: World Animal Day events encourage people to work together to sensitize communities, making them aware of the needs of animals they live among, and also of how they can improve their lives. Creating an outlook that respects all animals is a slow process and World Animal Day acts as an annual marker to measure progress.”

World Animal Day with foxThere are other days linked to animals such as: World Day for Laboratory Animals on April 24th and World Wildlife Day on March 3rd, and these are important too. However, World Animal Day is the one day of the year that embraces all animals and the unique concerns of each, in every country.

It’s a special opportunity to commemorate our love and respect for animals by doing something special to highlight their importance in the world. It unites the animal welfare movement, mobilizing it into a global force for change.

Participation in celebrating World Animal Day grows each year, with a huge variety of inspiring events being held in an increasing number of countries. In 2003, we recorded 44 events being held in 13 countries and this has now grown to an estimated 1000 events in around 100 countries. YOU can help enhance the visibility of World Animal Day.

Types of events held:

  • Awareness & educational events;
  • Shelter open days & pet adoption events;
  • Increased awareness, combined with better education for both adults and children, is slowly swaying the attitudes of people towards treating animals in a humane and compassionate way.
  • Conferences & workshops;
  • Animal blessing services;
  • Fundraising events such as concerts and sponsored walks through to gala balls;
  • school events to educate the younger generation such as animal-related competitions, concerts & film shows;
  • Workshops to educate the owners of working animals;
  • Spay & neuter marathons and veterinary treatment camps;
  • Rabies prevention awareness and vaccination;
  • Radio & TV interviews to raise awareness of animal issues & World Animal Day and its mission
  • Peaceful protest marches to either raise awareness of a specific animal welfare issue or to encourage governments to introduce animal protection legislation.

If you would like to participate in the event – you can print a World Animal Day Selfie Poster, with or without the pledge:

  1. Click a green button to print a Happy World Animal Day Selfie Poster – with or without a pledge
  2. Please select one of the following Happy#WorldAnimalDay posters:
    Landscape without pledgeLandscape with pledgePortrait with pledge

3. Take a selfie with your poster – the more creative the better – and share far and wide across all your social media channels using the #WorldAnimalDay

4. Email it to info@worldanimalday.org.uk for publication on their social media platforms.

FCVC hopes you will be active in the simple measures of taking a selfie with the poster and sharing the hashtag. Happy #WorldAnimalDay !

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Attribution – articles, photos and logos from our friends at WorldAnimalDay