World Animal Day
World Animal Day started in 1925 in Berlin, Germany and was created by the author Heinrich Zimmermann who gained fame with his book Me and My Dog. Over 5,000 people attended the event! It was officially recognised as an event four years later in 1929. The 4th of October was chosen as it is the Feast Day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology who was known for calling animals his “brothers and sisters” and even aimed some of his sermons at the animals in the area! Some legends say that Francis of Assisi could even communicate with animals! Animal rights activists use this special day to draw attention to some of the problems that are facing the most vulnerable animals in the world. World Animal Day is also an opportunity to acknowledge how animals help us by maintaining ecological balance and preserving the environment. 97 Ambassadors throughout the world are classed as ‘animal stewards’, coming together on World Animal Day to bring a spotlight to the amazing things that are being done to help our animal friends as well as to discuss what can be done to guard the animal kingdom.
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