Saturday, 4 October 2008

Today is World Animal Day

World Animal Day is not linked to any one individual, organisation or campaign, but belongs to everyone. It was started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. Since then it has grown to encompass all kinds of animal life and is widely celebrated in countries throughout the world. October 4 was chosen as World Animal Day as it is the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
World Animal Day’s mission statement is:
To celebrate animal life in all its forms
To celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom
To acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives – from being our companions, supporting and helping us, to bringing a sense of wonder into our lives
To acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives.


Flowerpot said...

Thanks for letting me know about the petition, ED. This was a lovely follow up post - thanks.

Debbie @ World Animal Day said...

I just wanted to thank you for highlighting World Animal Day in your blog. This is indeed a very special day and gives us the opportunity to unite the animal welfare movement on a global scale. World Animal Day 2008 has been immensely successful and our thanks go out to everyone who participated. Why not visit the website to get some inspiration and ideas for 2009 - it’s never too early to start planning! Thanks again. Debbie - World Animal Day