On World Animal Day (October 4, 2021) – Animal welfare advocates from all over the world will unite to proclaim to the world… Animals matter! We march through our cities and around the world… screaming – roaring and growling – about a change for the animals.
World Animal Day
World Animal Day was inaugurated in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence to draw attention to the plight of endangered species. October 4 was chosen as World Animal Day, as it is the holiday of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
They believe animal welfare is an important moral issue. And they also believe that our countries cannot develop more sustainably without fully considering the situation and the welfare needs of the intelligent fellow animals that divide our territory, our homes, our jobs, our livelihoods, our leisure time and often our lives.
Animal welfare has become a widely recognized issue of international politics. The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has a fast growing body of scientifically based international animal welfare standards that have been agreed by governments. He also began the process of developing regional animal welfare strategies / action plans to ensure animal welfare worldwide.
The World Animal Day march was initiated in Africa but has now spread throughout the world. The Pan African Animal Welfare Alliance (PAAWA), which is a domestic alliance of animal welfare organizations from across the continent, has supported the initiative and encouraged its members to join.
For too long, Africa’s development has ignored the animal welfare and protection of the continent, leaving Africa to do a lot of catch-up work. However, Africa is not alone – the world is hungry for change with you!
World Animal Day urge you to:
United Nations (UN):
Adopt the Universal Declaration of Animal Welfare (UDAW). Officially recognizing that:
- Animals are intelligent – they can suffer and feel pain
- Animal welfare must be respected and protected
- Animal cruelty must end forever.
- Officially proclaim October 4 as World Animal Day.
In particular, include animal welfare and wildlife protection in the post-2015 development agenda.
- Support the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (calling for UN adoption).
- Introduce modern, well-enforced animal welfare laws.
- Introduce humane animal welfare education / education at all levels of education (schools, colleges, veterinary / agricultural universities and colleges, and industry training).
- Support the development and adoption of OIE regional animal welfare strategies and implement the OIE AW International Standards (which they have already agreed upon).
World Animal Day call on all politicians and citizens to support us in this call for urgent change!
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