World Animal Day is celebrated on October 4 every year!
A tiger cub . . .
Image: Save The Tiger Fund
MISSION STATEMENT – WORLD ANIMAL DAY
- To celebrate animal life in all its forms
- To celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom
- To acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives – from being our companions, supporting and helping us, to bringing a sense of wonder into our lives
- To acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives
World Animal Day was started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. Since then it has grown to encompass all kinds of animal life and is widely celebrated in countries throughout the world. October 4 was chosen as World Animal Day as it is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
It is intended as a day of celebration for anyone in the world who cares about animals. It is not restricted to any one nationality, creed, religion, political belief or ideology.
An alien Earthling takes this opportunity to thank his fellow Earthlings for enriching his life! The blue planet belongs to animals as much as it does to Homo sapiens! It would be difficult to imagine what the world would be like without our furry, feathery, scaly and even single-cellular friends!
HAPPY WORLD ANIMAL DAY, FELLOW EARTHLINGS!!! 🙂