Happy World Animal Day! First organized by the German writer and animal protection activist Heinrich Zimmermann in 1925, World Animal Day is an initiative to raise the status of animals and improve animal welfare standards worldwide. Originally held on 24 March, the day was moved to 4 October in honour of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology and animals.
As stated on the World Animal Day website;
“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 recognised as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare.”
Therefore, join me in celebrating World Animal Day! First and foremost, check out the World Animal Day website (link here), and read up on all the events that are being held, and how you can get involved. You can also do something as simple as posting an image over on Instagram or Facebook using the World Animal Day hashtag, using your voice to speak for those who cannot. Raise awareness about an animal related issue that concern you. You never know what impact it’ll have, or who you’ll end up inspiring.