World Animal Month is observed every year in October to celebrate animals. Animals are an important part of our ecosystem, so they definitely deserve their own month. The holiday is used to appreciate animals and find meaningful solutions to problems they face. Information is spread about endangered species and what we can do to preserve them. Many special events are held around the world to mark the holiday. Animal lovers and environmental enthusiasts take a special interest in the holiday and use it to do some good for the animals around us.
History of World Animal Month
World Animal Month is an annual celebration of the lives of animals around us. It is an opportunity for us to notice the creatures and the issues affecting them. Animals have many benefits for humans and the general ecosystem. Animals have served as companions, helpers, guards, guides, hunters, and even a source of food. Every animal has something that makes it special and so deserves to be celebrated. The holiday helps set up treatment and protection services for at-risk animals.
Over 80 countries participate in observing World Animal Month. The holiday started at a convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy, in 1931. The holiday aimed to raise popularity and awareness for animals. This is supposed to help improve the standard of living experienced by animals around the world. Some animals live in such poor conditions that the continuation of their species is greatly threatened. This threat affects us all because every animal has their part to play in maintaining the balance in our ecosystem.
It is our responsibility to allow animals to live safely and carry out their natural duties. Many times, humans use animals in unlawful ways to feed their greed for money. Therefore, World Animal Month has been established to make us aware of our wrongful actions and to encourage us to follow a path of the natural order. The holiday is observed in different ways around the world, with displays from different cultures and religions. The common goal is simply to make sure the animals around us can live comfortably without being threatened by unfair treatment, or worse, extinction!
World Animal Month timeline
A convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy announces World Animal Month.
A 1987 treaty of the Council of Europe to promote the welfare of pet animals goes into effect on May 1.
The official website for World Animal Month launches in the U.K. on October 4.
Over 80 countries take part in the observance and its activities.
World Animal Month FAQs
Why is October 4 World Animal Day?
The day was chosen because it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi. He was a patron saint of animals and a nature lover.
How is it observed in New York?
In New York City, pedicabs traverse the highest traffic areas displaying ads of endangered species that need protection.
Can animals be protected?
Animals can be protected from harsh environmental conditions, ill-treatment by humans, and poachers who kill them for profit.
World Animal Month Activities
Pet an animal
If you don’t have your own pet, you can play with someone else’s. Animals love being petted, and it’s also fun. During this holiday, you can also think about adopting a pet and giving them a good, loving home.
Visit a zoo
A zoo can be a safe house for some animals. Use the opportunity to visit them and contribute to their care. Take your family along so that they can also contribute to the safety and love of animals! The more the merrier!
Make a donation
There are amazing organizations dedicated to the care of animals. A donation would go a long way to improving the lives of many animals. Money, food, or even voluntarily joining organizations are great ways to show you care.
5 Fascinating Facts About Animals
Pigeons can recognize art
Pigeons can be trained to recognize different artists’ styles like that of Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso.
Chimps drink alcohol
Wild chimps have been discovered to drink fermented palm sap, which contains about 3% alcohol.
Stripes are unique
The pattern of an animal’s stripes can be as unique as a fingerprint.
Animals have always been here
Animals have roamed the Earth for thousands of years.
Animals have feelings
Animals have emotions just like us and are sensitive to ill-treatment.
Why We Love World Animal Month
It helps animals
The holiday helps to garner support for animals and provide them with better care. Animals are our friends as well as our responsibility, and it is our duty to show that we care for them.
It creates awareness
The holiday helps to spread information about what is happening in the animal kingdom. By being aware, we are able to take action and protect our animal friends from unlawful activities — and protect the natural order.
It promotes pet ownership
The holiday often leads to more people getting pets. It also sets a minimum standard for how pets are to be treated and cared for. Giving abandoned pets a home shows that we care for our animal friends — it also gives us altruistic joy.
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