World Animal Day: October 4th 2012
World Animal Day, designated on October 4, has been historically celebrated since 1931 as a way of highlighting the plight of animals across the globe. Chosen on the date of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, it is currently celebrated in various ways throughout the world with no particular focus on nationality, religion, or political ideology. Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary (BCH) has chosen to celebrate our first annual World Animal Day as an educational forum.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
— Mohandas Gandhi.
World Animal Day 4 October – Be part of something special! Get involved and show you care about animals.
World Animal Day presents such a wonderful opportunity for everyone who cares about animals to stand united with animal advocates around the world in order to heighten public awareness of animal issues – an opportunity far too good to miss! Increased awareness of animal issues will lead the way to improved standards of animal welfare throughout the globe – and what an achievement that will be!
The official World Animal Day website was launched on 4 October 2003 and we’ve been overwhelmed by how quickly it’s growing to become an international success story for the animals. Last year, 730 events were registered with us covering 85 countries!
We promote World Animal Day (4 October) to encourage organisations, groups and individuals to get involved and do something special to highlight the importance of animals in the world. This is not a fundraising event for us! It’s a day which should benefit all those who participate in celebrating animals. World Animal Day belongs to everyone!
What will YOU be doing this year to show you care? You don’t have to work with animals to get involved. The website has ideas suitable for everyone, regardless of circumstances, finances, facilities, resources or time. It doesn’t matter how large or small your activity or event is – it’s getting involved that’s important.
If you care about animals, don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to help make animal welfare issues front page news around the globe – a vital catalyst for change!