Animals can’t talk in the conventional way that humans communicate with each other. But there’s one day where we can all give a voice to the animals who can’t speak for themselves. On October 4, people spanning the globe will come together to celebrate World Animal Day. In any corner of the planet, no matter which country you explore, animals will consistently have a strong impact on the region’s culture.
World Animal Day dates as far back as 1925, when Heinrich Zimmermann organized the first celebration in Berlin. Zimmermann, the publisher of a German animal lovers’ magazine, “Man and Dog,” launched the event to raise awareness and improve the welfare of animals. Since then, World Animal Day has also become an arena for ecologists to discuss the problems associated with endangered species. Beginning in 2003, the UK-based charity, Naturewatch Foundation, has sponsored the event and organized ways for animal lovers all over the world to take part and make their voices heard in support of our animal friends.
How to Observe World Animal Day
One of the best ways to do your part is to get involved with any of the official events happening on October 4. A good place to start is the official World Animal Day website, where you can get help coming up with an idea, organizing a plan, and putting it into action.
Adopt a pet
Pet adopt-a-thons are a common event held in many cities on World Animal Day and it’s a small action that can make a big difference. At these events, attendees can learn about pet ownership and care, share stories with fellow pet owners, buy pet-related toys, products and more.
Join a peaceful protest
Peaceful protests are also commonplace around the world on October 4. These can range from the better treatment of agriculture livestock to complete termination of cultural pastimes, such as bullfighting, whale-slaughtering and poaching elephants and other wildlife.
Why World Animal Day is Important
Protecting the ecosystem
Ecosystems are extremely fragile. When one species exits for any reason, it often has serious repercussions for the rest of the system. By celebrating World Animal Day, we raise awareness about the importance of conserving the balance in our ecosystems. This ensures tens of thousands of people will maintain their farming and fishing livelihoods.
It unites us all
The mission of World Animal Day is to bring together all humans in the name of improving the lives of animals. This means all people, regardless of nationality, faith, religion or political ideology are welcome to join in to make a difference. The ultimate goal is to ensure animals are recognized as sentient beings and we do all we can to improve their welfare.
It’s been a success
Over the years, World Animal Day has seen great success in improving the lives of animals. In Egypt, the day’s events have led to additional clauses in the Egyptian constitution that offer rights to animals. Similarly, in the Sudan, parliament has introduced new legislation meant to protect animals.