This Thursday, October 4, 2018 is World Animal Day. While true animal lovers consider their little companions everyday, World Animal Day is a chance to honour every animal that walks (or flies) (or swims) (or sort of oozes along) the Earth, be they feathered, scaled, furry, or just kind of fleshy.
The International Congress for the Protection of Animals in Vienna celebrated this day for the first time in 1929. They had such a great time that in 1931 they made it official: and now everyone should join the party.
International animal rights defenders
Of course, you’ve already recognized that October 4th is also the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. This is the chap who founded the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of Saint Clare, the Third Order of Saint Francis and the Custody of the Holy Land. He’s the Patron Saint of Animals, and believed they should be afforded the same respect as humans. He even used to preach to them – whether they liked it or not.
His feast day is a chance for lovers and defenders of animals to advocate for animal rights, to raise awareness of their cause, and to fight against the injustices of which they are victims.
The cruellest animal
World Animal Day is a chance to celebrate and learn about animals, for example through open days at sanctuaries today and across the weekend.
But this Thursday, October 4 is also an opportunity to remember that many animal species are in danger, which is often the fault of the cruellest animal of all: the human being.
Pandas, brown bears, elephants, rhinoceroses, dolphins, orang-utans, tigers. They’re all having a rotten time of it right now.
So raise a glass to these endangered animals, and then put it down and take action – on every day of the week, and not just World Animal Day.
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