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October 4

Many people feel drawn to advocate for animals because even though they can feel pain and suffer just as we do, they do not have a way to advocate for their own welfare. In fact, animals are viewed by many as nothing more than property to be treated however the owner wishes. This view has created an inhumane situation for billions of animals that share our world.

- many of the world's 60 billion farm animals are not treated humanely

- 80% of the world's 1 billion cats and dogs are stray or neglected

- millions of wild animals are killed or sold illegally on the black market worth $10 billion a year

- animals suffer greatly and are often forgotten during natural disasters

World Animal Day is a time to celebrate and appreciate our relationship with the animals that share our planet and the ways in which they enrich our lives. It is also an important opportunity to speak out to ensure the humane treatment of farm animals and to advocate for protection of the habitats that are home to wild animals. It was started in 1931 by ecologists in Florence who wished to bring attention to the plight of endangered animals. October 4 was chosen because it is the Feast Day of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals. Today World Animal Day is observed in countries throughout the world.

What can you do to help animals? One of the most powerful ways to make a difference is to become a vegetarian, which helps save animals, helps the ecology of the planet and can improve your health. Another thing you can do is stop buying things make from animals like leather and fur - in most cases there are many plant or synthetic alternatives. Don't buy household and personal products tested on animals. Get involved in or contribute to local animal rights and animal welfare organizations. More than 1.5 million people have also signed the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare which is an international agreement "among people and nations to recognize that animals are sentient beings and can suffer, to respect their welfare needs, and to end animal cruelty." You can sign online at

World Farm Animals Day is observed on October 2 as another day to mobilize around the humane treatment of farm animals, and Vegetarian Day on October 1 is a chance to educate our communities about the benefits provided by an animal-free diet.


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DO ONE THING for a Better World

1. Find out more about animal rights

2. Consider vegetarianism

3. Don't buy products made from or tested on animals

4. Support animal rights and animal welfare organizations

5. Sign the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare

6. Organize or participate in a community service or awareness-building event or activity on World Animal Day


World Animals Day - October 4
World Animal Day

Animal Rights Links

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Animal Concerns Community
Changing The Present : Animal Welfare
Farm Animal Rights Movement
The Humane Society of the United States
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
10 Reasons for Animal Rights
World Society for the Protection of Animals

Vegetarian Day - October 1
Vegetarian Day

World Farm Animals Day - October 2
World Farm Animals Day


HEROPIX for a Better World
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Albert Einstein

Mohandas Gandhi

Richard Gere

Daryl Hannah

Abraham Lincoln


Alicia Silverstone

Alice Walker


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World Animal Day - October 4

Eileen Kampakula Brown

Rachel Carson

James Cromwell

The Dalai Lama

Guy Dauncey

Doris Day

Albert Einstein

St. Francis of Assisi

Mohandas Gandhi

Richard Gere

Jane Goodall

Daryl Hannah

Thomas Jefferson

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Abraham Lincoln

Paul McCartney

Country Joe McDonald

Margaret Mead

John Stuart Mill


Anita Roddick

Eleanor Roosevelt

Henry Salt

Albert Schweitzer

Chief Seattle

George Bernard Shaw

Alicia Silverstone

Adlai Stevenson

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Henry David Thoreau

Leo Tolstoy

Mark Twain

Alice Walker

Walt Whitman

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