New Delhi: World Animal Day is remarked every year on October 4, the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. The day was celebrated in 1925 for the first time by cynologist Heinrich Zimmermann to address the difficulties of animals and start off work towards their protection in wild as well as domestic world.
Zimmermann had allocated an event for the first time at the Sport Palace in Berlin on March 24, 1925. More than 5,000 people had attended the event that was initially scheduled for October 4.
In 1931, during a world protection organisation conference in Florence, Italy, World Animal Day became globally known. In 2002, the Finnish Association of Animal Protection Associations observed the day involving school children in its events.
The major focus of the day is to create awareness about the effects of individuals, business and human behaviours on animals. The other known name of the day is ‘Animal Lovers Day’ as it encourages love, affection, protection and care of animals through individual and organisation involvement.
“It’s celebrated in different ways in every country, irrespective of nationality, religion, faith, or political ideology. Through increased awareness and education, we can create a world where animals are always recognised as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare,” the website of World Animal Day adds.