For many people who care about animals, World Animal Day, 4 October, is already a very important day each year. For those people who haven't yet participated, I'd like to tell you more about what this global movement can achieve for animals and encourage you to get involved.
What is World Animal Day?
World Animal Day is a social movement charged with the Mission of raising the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe. To achieve this, we encourage animal welfare organisations, community groups, youth and children's clubs, businesses and individuals to organise events in celebration of World Animal Day to draw attention to animal issues and make them front page news – a vital catalyst for change.
What is the history of World Animal Day?
World Animal Day isn't a recent addition to the calendar. It was started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy, as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. It takes place annually on 4 October, chosen as it is the feast day of St Francis of Assisi.
In 2003, launched the first World Animal Day website which mainly focused upon the UK. As Naturewatch Foundation is only a small charity and financial support for World Animal Day has always been extremely limited, identifying cost-effective ways to progress this powerful movement is key to ensuring it reaches its full potential.