World Animal Day

Tags: Important Days

Every year 4 October is observed as World Animal Day.

Important facts

  • This day is celebrated to respect the rights of animals and to make people aware about their well being.

  • The day highlights the fact that animals have the same value as humans and at the same time their rights need to be respected.

  • The purpose of this day is to improve animal welfare standards, to show love towards animals so that their lives can be better and better and to spread awareness in the context of animal welfare.

  • The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 has been implemented in India to promote animal protection and to end cruelty to animals.

  • The theme of the year 2022 - "Shared Planet".

Background of the day

  • The day was first observed on 24 March 1925 by animal protection activist Heinrich Zimmermann in Berlin, Germany.

  • At a conference of the world's animal protection organizations in Florence, Italy in May 1931, his proposal to universalize World Animal Day on 4 October was unanimously accepted.

  • The day is currently being organized by the Naturewatch Foundation, a UK based animal welfare charity.

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