A day for the fellow inhabitants of our planet

World Animal Day is celebrated on October 4 every year!

A tiger cub . . .

Image: Save The Tiger Fund


  • 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!


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7 Responses to A day for the fellow inhabitants of our planet

  1. vishesh says:

    hope for on day,no animals are killed on earth,including humans…

  2. Sakhi says:

    Same to you!!! 🙂

    @ Vishu

    Kaash aisa ho!! 🙂

  3. Thanks, Vishesh and Sakhi 🙂

  4. francina says:

    Save the animals! Save the earth! Save LIFE!!!

  5. Francina,

    Thanks! Spain is doing the right thing because the Spanish Parliament, lead by the socialist government has decided to extend human right to some animals:


    I hope other countries take a leaf out of Spain’s book and pass laws to treat animals humanely.

  6. I just wanted to thank you for highlighting World Animal Day in your blog. This is indeed a very special day and gives us the opportunity to unite the animal welfare movement on a global scale. World Animal Day 2008 has been immensely successful and our thanks go out to everyone who participated. Why not visit the website to get some inspiration and ideas for 2009 – it’s never too early to start planning! Thanks again. Debbie – World Animal Day

    (P.S. – the little kitten is adorable! – sadly I lost my beautifil bundle of black fur on Monday, at just 4 years of age – seeing your little kitten has put the first smile back on my face – thankyou. Debbie)

  7. Debbie,

    You’re welcome! 🙂

    As an animal lover, I thank you and others at World Animal Day for uniting all animal loving folks across the globe in celebrating World Animal Day! And yes, let’s try to make World Animal Day 2009 an even greater success!

    It’s sad to hear that you lost your cat 😦 I came across the video of this cute kitten on YouTube and decided to embed it in the post. My kitten Pardus is older and looks like a little leopard 🙂

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

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