If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals. - Albert Einstein? Happy World Animal Day!

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For many people who care about animals, World Animal Day, 4 October, is already a very important day each year. For those people who haven?t yet participated, I?d like to tell you more about what this global movement can achieve for animals and encourage you to get involved.

What is the history of World Animal Day?

World Animal Day isn?t a recent addition to the calendar. It was started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy, as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. It takes place annually on 4 October, chosen as it is the feast day of St Francis of Assisi.

Why celebrate World Animal Day?

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.

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.

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.

I sincerely hope I?ve sparked your interest enough to get involved and help the World Animal Day movement continue to grow until it reaches and connects animal advocates in all corners of the globe.

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