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"World Animal Day"



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"World Animal Day"
MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL ANIMALS

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ― Mahatma Gandhi


World Animal Day is an international day of action for animal rights and welfare celebrated annually on October 4, the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
  
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“Animals are born who they are, accept it, and that is that. They live with greater peace than people do.” ― Gregory Maguire



 The mission of World Animal Day, according to the official World Animal Day website is

 "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."


 

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World Animal Day was originated by Heinrich Zimmermann, the German writer and publisher of the magazine Mensch und Hund/Man and Dog. He organized the first World Animal Day on 24 March 1925 at the Sport Palace in Berlin, Germany. Over 5,000 people attended this first event. The event was originally scheduled for 4 October, to align with the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology, however the venue was not available on that day. The event was moved to 4 October for the first time in 1929. Initially he found a following only in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Czechoslovakia. 



Every year Zimmermann worked tirelessly on the promotion of World Animal Day. Finally, in May 1931 at a congress of the International Animal Protection Congress in Florence Italy, his proposal to make 4 October World Animal Day universal, was unanimously accepted and adopted as a resolution.



 









It is sometimes cited that World Animal Day started in 1931 at the convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy who wished to highlight the plight of endangered species.

Today, World Animal Day is a global event uniting the animal protection movement, led and sponsored by UK-based animal welfare charity, Naturewatch Foundation since 2003.


 “The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.” ― Alice Walker










“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ― Anatole France

  “Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.” ― A.A. Milne










“Clearly, animals know more than we think, and think a great deal more than we know.” ― Irene M. Pepperberg


“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”―James Herriot


 “Animals are such agreeable friends―they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” ― George Eliot








 “Animals are more than ever a test of our character, of mankind’s capacity for empathy and for decent, honorable conduct and faithful stewardship. We are called to treat them with kindness, not because they have rights or power or some claim to equality, but in a sense because they don’t; because they all stand unequal and powerless before us.” ― Matthew Scully 



 “You think those dogs will not be in heaven! I tell you they will be there long before any of us.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson



















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