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Animal Welfare Week – October 3-9, 2024

Animal Welfare Week is observed every year from October 3 to October 9, to campaign for and support animal rights. It focuses on promoting the humane treatment of all kinds of animals, including pets, farm animals, wildlife, and even those used for medical research and testing. Animal Welfare Week is observed to educate the masses on the cruel treatment of animals and to advocate for their rights. It is a week for spreading the message of kindness, justice, and protection for all living creatures.

History of Animal Welfare Week

Humans and animals have had a strong relationship since prehistoric times. Some scientists believe they had common ancestors millions of years ago, and there is even evidence of skeletons in Africa that have both human and animal characteristics.

The majority of the earliest-known paintings are of animals. The prehistoric drawings in the Chauvet caves of southern France are 29,700 to 32,400 years old which makes them the oldest known art in the world. Many drawings in the caves are of rhinoceros, lions, buffalo, mammoths, and even horses. Scientists believe that humans might have been in awe of these animals and decided to paint them.

It was in 13,000 to 2,500 B.C. that humans started to domesticate animals. They domesticated dogs, cats, cattle, goats, horses, and sheep. Dogs were the first to be domesticated in 13,000 to 10,000 B.C., from its wolf-like ancestor, Canis Lupus. Evidence of cats near human settlements dates back to 8,000 B.C., but it is not clear whether they were domesticated or whether wild cats were encouraged to live near humans. Cats were an important part of agricultural societies. Egyptians are believed to be the first to domesticate them. They most likely raised kittens to protect their grains from rats. Over the years, this relationship with animals has only grown stronger, and today, humans fight for their rights.

Animal Welfare Week timeline

First Major Law Against Animal Cruelty

Massachusetts Bay Colony enacts a Body of Liberties, which sets up the fundamental rights of the colonists, and includes the law which makes killing a farm animal without the owner’s consent, a capital crime.

First Anti-Cruelty Bill

Richard Martin, a member of the British Parliament, sponsors a bill that prohibits cruelty to cattle, horses, and sheep.

First Law Against Animal Cruelty

The first law against animal cruelty is successfully passed in New York.

Early 1950s
New Organizations for Animal Welfare

The early 1950s sees a rise in organizations for animal welfare, resulting from the excessive cruelty against animals due to modernization and scientific research.

Animal Welfare Week FAQs

What is Animal Welfare Day?

Animal Welfare Day is celebrated every year on October 4, to raise awareness about animal rights. It falls on the feast day for Francis of Assisi, who is the patron saint of animals.

Is April 11 National Pet Day?

That’s right. April 11 is National Pet Day. Read more about it here:

When was the first Animal Day?

The first animal day took place on March 25, 1925, in Berlin, Germany.

How to Observe Animal Welfare Week

  1. Avoid products that harm animals

    Do some research to find out whether the products you use harm animals in any way. Do they test on animals in the manufacturing of the product? Avoid these products as much as possible to protect innocent animals.

  2. Donate as much as you can

    Donate to any animal welfare N.G.O. and even volunteer there when you can. Time and money can save many animal lives.

  3. Educate yourself and others

    Read up about animal issues and spread the word. Find out about the major industries that harm animals and ways you can protest their actions.

5 Interesting Facts About Pets

  1. Dogs can sense time

    Dogs can’t tell time, but they have their own perception of it and can remember past events.

  2. Cat whiskers are very helpful

    Cat whiskers contain a sensory organ called the proprioceptor, which helps the cats communicate information about their surroundings to their nervous system.

  3. Dogs have unique nose prints

    Just like how all humans have unique fingerprints, dogs have unique nose prints.

  4. A staring dog is a loving dog

    Looking into your eyes is a means for dogs to show love and affection.

  5. Americans adopt a lot of shelter animals

    Every year, Americans adopt over 3.2 million shelter animals.

Why Animal Welfare Week is Important

  1. It spreads much-needed awareness

    Millions of people are still ignorant about the mistreatment of animals worldwide. It is a great day to spread the information and unite the masses.

  2. It is a day for animals

    All animals deserve love and affection. This is a day to celebrate our companions who have lived with us for centuries.

  3. It protects the ecosystem too

    Without animals, the ecosystem would collapse. A collapsed ecosystem will spell the end of mankind as we know it.

Animal Welfare Week dates

2024October 3Thursday
2025October 3Friday
2026October 3Saturday
2027October 3Sunday
2028October 3Tuesday

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