World Animal Day: Live Harmonious with Animals

Environment

There are more than 8 million species of animals out there, every single one is extraordinary and plays a big part of the ecosystem. However, with climate change and other human actions, many species are facing extinction or already are. This is why for all those animal lovers out there, World Animal Day is the day to celebrate all the wonderful animals in our life and to raise awareness to the animals that need attention. World Animal Day shines the light on the animals that are facing extinction and help advocate for them. Keep on reading to find out more about World Animal Day and how you can help on.

World Animal Day

Raise awareness for these adorable lion cubs on World Animal Day!
Every year on October 4th, we celebrate World Animal Day by raising awareness about the animals that are very much part of this earth as we are. It is important that we take care of the animals as they play a vital role in the ecosystem. It is part of our duty to live together with animals on earth, as we have for millions of years. However, with human development and urbanization, the connection between wildlife and animals and human Let’s take a closer look at what World Animal Day means.

World Animal Day’s Mission

Here is the mission statement for 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, mobilizing 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 recognized as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare

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This statement is the driving force behind World Animal Day, making sure that the animals are truly taken care of and given the attention that they deserve is crucial. Up to now, humans have been destroying ecosystems and habitats for many animal species. In addition, climate change has made it harder for species to survive and with human pollution, it has only been harder. On this day, we humans thrive to make a difference for the animals. Create a beautiful and safe world for animals. Create a world where animals can thrive and live in harmony with humans.

World Animal Day’s Mini History

Now let’s talk about the origin of World Animal Day. The first World Animal Day was in 1925 in Germany. It was started by Heinrich Zimmermann, who was also the author of Man and Dog and animal activist (Wuest). Although the first World Animal Day was celebrated in March, it was intended for October 4th, in celebration of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology and animals (Wuest). It was later changed to October 4th, plus, an international event.

Don’t know who Francis of Assisi is? Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) was supposed to be able to talk to animals and often preach to animals(World Animal Day). He was often depicted in paintings with animals. He can be seen as an animal activist and thus, on the day he died October 4th, it was selected as World Animal Day.

How to celebrate World Animal Day

On World Animal Day, you can volunteer at animal shelters
Depending on where you are now, you can easily find animal welfare organizations that have events or activities meant for World Animal Day. You can also easily participate in an already organized event that is meant for World Animal Day, such as Roots & Shoots, help save endangered species, and participate in local animal shelters. Whether it is on World Animal Day you volunteer in animal shelters or fund raise for World Animal Day, you are making a difference for the animals. You can be as creative as you want as long as you are promoting and executing World Animal Day’s mission. Encourage and create a world where animals are treated appropriately and respected. If you can’t participate physically for World Animal Day, you can easily raise awareness about World Animal Day. Use your social media and share about World Animal Day, raise awareness and promote the importance of protecting animals and their habitat.

Do More for the animals

Now that you know about World Animal Day, I hope you have some plans for the upcoming day. Participating in World Animal Day can be as simple as donating, sharing on social media, or as creative as you want. Go to your local animal shelter/center and see if there is any way to volunteer. In addition, you don’t have to limit your activities to World Animal Day. In fact, outside of World Animal Day, you should definitely love animals and protect them. Spread love for animals, donate to organizations that help animals and protect their habitat. World Animal Day just wants to concentrate on animal loving, but for animal lovers, we know that animal loving never stops and that World Animal Day is to show the world the wonderfulness of animals and that we need to protect them along with the earth. As animals and humans live harmoniously together on earth.



Resources:
“Welcome to the Official Website of World Animal Day, 4 October.” Web. 02 Oct. 2020.
Wuest, Patricia. “World Animal Day – 5 Facts You Didn’t Know.” Today’s Veterinary Nurse. 27 Sept. 2019. Web. 02 Oct. 2020.
               
Author: Monica Chang
On my own ethical journey since 2010. Always happy to learn more!