World Animal Day, today 4th October

World Animal Day, today 4th October

Perhaps not everyone knows that each October 4th is celebrated the World Animal Day. Also note as World Animal Day in English, it is an international day born for protect the rights and welfare of animals. Of all animals, in general.

The choice of date is obviously not random: October 4th, in fact, is the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisithe patron saint of animals.

When was World Animal Day born?

World Animal Day was created by Heinrich Zimmerman, German writer and editor known for Mensch und Hund / Man and Dog magazine. The very first edition was held on March 24, 1925 at the Sports Palace in Berlin, Germany.

More than 5 thousand people went to this event. In reality it seems that already in 1925 the chosen date was that of October 4, just to coincide with the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. Except that at the time the planned location was not available for October 4th, so it was decided to take place on March 24th.

We have to wait until 1929 before we can see World Animal Day celebrated on October 4th. Initially, few nations chose to celebrate this anniversary: ​​in addition to Germany, only Austria, Switzerland and Czechoslovakia joined the event.

Only in maggio 1931the proposal to make World Animal Day universal on October 4th was finally accepted and everything was decided during the International Congress on the Protection of Animals which took place in Florence.

It is currently? Well, we talk about a world event to which all the movements and associations for the protection of animals contribute, guided and coordinated by Naturewatch Foundationan animal welfare charity based in the United Kingdom.

Why is today World Animal Day?

But where does the need to have a World Animal Day come from? The main purpose is to have one International day that protects the rights and welfare of all animals of the world. For this reason, the various associations that deal with animal protection all over the world are invited to organize themed events which are then also reported on the official website of the Day.

The fact is that the lives of animals are influenced by the actions of people, companies and nations. As sentient beings, must be protected from injustice and mistreatment. World Day is also intended to be a way to raise awareness of the issues related to animal protection.

St. Francis and the animals

Saint Francis

Because Saint Francis of Assisi and the patron of animals? The main patron of Italy spoke to everyone, humans and animals. Among the stories and facts that are attributed to the little friar of Assisi, there are two that refer to animals.

The first is the preaches to the birds present in it The flowers of San Francesco. The sermon took place on the road that connects the castle of Cannara to that of Bevagna, also in the surroundings of Assisi. The story goes that, passing through the street and seeing how many birds there were in the area, St. Francis entered the field and began to preach to the birds, blessing them at the end.

Hence the custom of blessing animals, also typical of other saints. But while St. Francis is the patron saint of all animals, for example, Sant’Antonio Abate is the patron saint of domestic animals only.

The second story is that relating to wolf of Gubbio. Near the church of Santa Maria della Vittorina there was a large wolf that terrified the inhabitants of the area. They decided to ask Saint Francis for help who went into the woods to meet the animal. St. Francis convinced the wolf not to attack the inhabitants of Gubbio anymore, on the condition that the latter fed him every day.

World Animal Day: famous phrases and quotes

Here are a few famous phrases and quotes concerning World Animal Day:

  • The greatness and moral progress of a nation can be judged by the way it treats animals – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Love animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and an undisturbed joy. Do not be upset by them, do not mistreat them, do not deprive them of their joy, do not oppose the divine thought. Man, do not boast of superiority over animals: they are without sin, while you, with all your greatness, defile the earth with your appearance on it and leave your rotten footprint behind you; unfortunately this is true for almost all of us – Fëdor Dostoevskij
  • You can know a man’s heart from the way he treats animals – Immanuel Kant
  • Animals are similar to us, and we must love them for this, because the like loves the like in which he finds a part of himself. But above all we must learn to know them, because love, the true one, is the child of knowledge – Giorgio Celli
  • Look your dog in the eye and still try to state that animals don’t have souls – Victor Hugo
  • If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the refuge of compassion and mercy, you will have men who will treat their fellow humans equally. – Saint Francis of Assisi

What to do on World Animal Day 2022?

World Animal Day: fox

If you are wondering how to celebrate World Animal Day, well, you can do it in several ways. You can check if the various associations organize near you events, conferences or themed seminars. It is also possible that certain animal associations organize street protests or banquets to raise public awareness.

You can also participate in any fundraising, open day of shelters and catteries or events for the adoption of pets. Some schools also organize thematic school events, while it is possible to find themed documentaries on different thematic TV channels or even in streaming.

If you do not want to participate in specific events or large events, nothing prevents you from joining the event in your own way, perhaps presenting yourself in some kennel, cattery or shelter and offering to become a volunteer that helps animals.

The World Animal Day can also be addressed in the kindergarten, primary school or in all the other orders of schools, perhaps creating some didactic cards by showing documentaries or even calling experts to talk about what it really means to protect and help animals.

All World Animal Days

World Animal Day: turtle

In addition to World Animal Day, then there are specific days dedicated to certain animals. Here are the main ones:

  • Cat Festival: February 17th
  • World Whale Day: February 21st
  • International Polar Bear Day: February 27th
  • World Wildlife Day: 3 March
  • World Sparrow Day: April 20
  • World Laboratory Animal Day: April 24th
  • World Penguin Day: April 25th
  • World Tuna Day: 2nd May
  • World Bee Day: May 20th
  • World Fish Migration Day: May 21st
  • World Turtle Day: May 23rd
  • World Sea Turtle Day: June 16
  • World Giraffe Day: June 21st
  • World Dog Day in the office: June 24th
  • World Tiger Day: July 29th
  • International Cat Day: 8 August
  • World Lion Day: 10th August
  • World Elephant Day: 12 August
  • World Dog Day: August 26th
  • World Rhino Day: 22 September
  • World Animal Day: 4th October
  • World Migratory Bird Day: 9 October
  • International day of the snow leopard: 23 October
  • World Black Cat Day: November 17th


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