World Animal Day 2016

Each year on October 4th people around the world celebrate World Animal Day.

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According to, this day is important to observe:

To raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe. Building the celebration of World Animal Day unites the animal welfare movement, mobilising it into a global force to make the world a better place for all animals.  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.

Click here to learn about the origins of World Animal Day.

Each year everyone can join in celebrating this day, by sharing and raising awareness, donating to various causes, signing petitions, etc.

According to, the World Animal Day is more than just sharing a cute picture of your puppy:

World Animal Day doesn’t just mean sharing adorable pictures of puppies, penguins and pandas on social media, although that is a bonus. The purpose of World Animal Day is to improve the lives of animals everywhere.

In order to achieve this we need to go further than clicking on a cute picture or funny cat video and question how our lives impact all animals every day. From the meat and dairy products we buy to the wildlife selfies we take, animals are continuously and shamelessly exploited by humans, sometimes without us even realising it.

Do you celebrate World Animal Day? If yes, what do you do on this day?


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