World Animal Day
The mission is ”To raise the status of animal”
World Animal Day is celebrated in various ways in every nation, irrespective of political ideology, faith, religion. This day is an action recognized worldwide for animal rights as well as welfare. It is celebrated on 4 October. This day celebrates the relationship between humankind and animal kingdom. We can’t ignore that animals play an important role in our life. They not only provide support but also give companionship and make us better human beings. The reaction of this day is raising the status of animals to improve welfare standards worldwide.
History of World Animal Day:
World Animal Day was started by cytologist Heinrich Zimmermann. He started the first World Animal Day on 24 March 1925 in Germany and overall 5,000 people attended this first event. The event was moved to 4 October for the first time in 1929. Initially, he found a following only in Germany. Every year Zimmermann worked on the promotion of World Animal Day.
Aims of World Animal Day:
The aim of World Animal Day is “To raise the status of animals in order to develop welfare standards around the globe. The celebration of this unites the animal welfare movement into a global force to make the world a better place for all animals.
It’s celebrated in different ways in every country, 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.
The Day recognizes that every animal is a unique sentient being and therefore is eligible to receive social justice. This premise forms the basis for animal protection. This day is important because based on this, the conservation activities are not just restricted to endangered species, but to all the animals on earth, who might be in abundance, but each of them individually has a right for a better life.
Some people feel drawn to support animals because even though they can feel pain, love and suffer just as we do, they do not have a way to support their own welfare. In fact, animals are viewed by many as nothing more than property to be treated however the owner wishes. This view has created an inhumane situation for billions of animals that share our world.
- 85% of the world’s 1 billion cats and dogs are stray.
- Millions of Wild animals are killed on the black market in a year
How to celebrate this event:
Individual animal activists, animal welfare organizations, animal enthusiasts, convene under the larger banner of the World animal day and organize events. The types of events that are organized vary across different places. The spirit of the celebrations is to create a single purpose that is beyond any nationality, culture with concern and care for animal rights as the only focus.
- Workshops, conferences to discuss and to spread understanding of various animal-related issues.
- Various fundraising events include concerts, shows, etc.
- Many animal shelters opening.
- Events only focused on animal adoption.
- Workshops and programs target and different sets of people, including adults, pet owners, working animal owners.