Last Updated on October 1, 2021 CareOurEarth
Date: Monday, 4 October 2021. 91th Anniversary.
Sponsor: Naturewatch Foundation – a UK-based animal welfare charity
Objective: World Animal Day is annually celebrated to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe.
The first World Animal Day was organized on 24 March 1925 at the Sport Palace in Berlin, Germany. Over 5,000 people attended the first event.
In 1929, World Animal Day was celebrated by people in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Czechoslovakia for the first time on October 4, in alignment with the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology.
In May 1931, at a meeting of the International Animal Protection Congress, Zimmerman’s proposal to make October 4th World Animal Day a universal celebration was unanimously accepted and adopted as a resolution.
Since 2003, World Animal Day is led and sponsored by Naturewatch Foundation – a UK-based animal welfare charity.
How to celebrate World Animals Day:
On that day, individuals, animal welfare organizations, community groups, and youth or children’s clubs are encouraged to host or arrange a range of events to honor World Animal Day. The events include educational and promotional activities such as pet adoption events, animal blessing services, social media campaigns, etc. Volunteers and activists from around the world can use the day to draw attention to some of the most pressing challenges facing animals.
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