04 October 2021

World Animal Day - 04 October.

World Animal Day on October 4th each year focuses on improving the welfare of animals around the world.

Sadly, animals around the world are abused or killed illegally on a daily basis. Illegal hunting contributes to the endangerment of certain animal species. Animals are also abused in other ways. Inhumane testing and research on animals. Domestically, owners who neglect, abuse or abandon their pets lead to multiple issues. Concerned animal lovers want to put a stop to all forms of animal abuse. Their goal is to improve animal welfare to ensure animals are treated humanely.

Many animal lovers belong to animal welfare organizations. These people address the health, safety, and psychological wellness of all animals. There are also animal rights groups. People in these groups advocate for the rights of animals. Some people consider them an advocate of both – animal welfare and animal rights. There are hundreds of these organizations all over the world. Humane societies, animal rescue groups, and animal sanctuaries are just a few of the many groups that care for animals.

Heinrich Zimmermann, a German writer, publisher, and animal lover, organized the first World Animal Day on March 24, 1925. In 1929, World Animal Day changed to October 4th. Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Czechoslovakia celebrated the first World Animal Day. In 1931, the International Animal Protection Congress in Italy adopted the resolution to officially make October 4th World Animal Day, to be celebrated around the world.

The day of October 4th commemorates the death Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology, including animals. Some believed that Assisi could communicate with animals. Paintings depict him preaching to animals and even taming a wolf.

Source: www.worldanimalday.org.uk

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