Welcome to October! The leaves are starting to fall, the coats and jackets are coming out of their summer hibernation, and the kids are back in school. It’s a great time to stop and pause and reflect on the state of animal welfare around the globe.
World Animal Day has been around since 1925
Heinrich Zimmermann was the original founder of World Animal Day. He was a German writer and a passionate animal activist who organized the event in March of 1925. He had over 5,000 people attend the first event and it took off from there. Heinrich was able to make the day universal in 1931 by pitching the International Animal Protection Congress.
The day has grown dramatically since then and is now sponsored by the Naturewatch Foundation who officially took on promoting the day back in 2003.
MISSION 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, 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.
Celebrations of animals around the world occur on World Animal Day
One of the best things about this day is that it is truly international with organizations and people around the world celebrating animals of all types. From elephants to cheetahs, dogs to birds, there’s a celebration or event in countries around the globe. From Uganda to Australia to Brazil to India.
The events range from education to celebration and everything in between. You can find and contribute to the events calendar on the official website https://www.worldanimalday.org.uk/