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International days are marked to educate the public on issues of concern, to address global problems and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. Each international day provides the community an opportunity to organize activities related to the theme and to create public awareness on the same. Organizations, governments, public and private sectors, schools, universities and citizens make international day a springboard for awareness raising actions. In this article let us check on World Animal Welfare Day 2020 -Theme, Activities, Quotes and Quiz.
World Animal Welfare Day – Sunday, 04 October
In this article readers can get a glimpse on
- History of World Animal Welfare Day
- Objective of world Animal welfare Day
- Animal Welfare Organisations in India
- Activities that can be observed on World Animal Welfare day
- World Animal Welfare day quotes
- World Animal welfare day Quiz
History of World Animal Welfare Day
World Animal Day is a day of action recognised worldwide for animal rights as well as welfare. It is celebrated on 4 October, Francis of Assisi feast day, the animals’ patron saint.
Francis of Assisi saw around him with painful eyes about the misery of animals. He understood their plight and wanted to heal their pain. In this regard, he spoke to people about not harming animals. He went around propagating messages of love and care for the welfare of animals. He took up various initiatives to help people understand the need to care for animals. He strived to share his love and concern for them and was a prominent champion cum patron of animal welfare during his time. World Animal Day is celebrated in commemoration of Francis of Assisi’s birthday.
World Animal Day was originated by cynologist Heinrich Zimmermann. He organized the first World Animal Day on 24 March 1925 at the Sport Palace in Berlin, Germany. The event was originally scheduled for 4 October, to align with the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology, however the venue was not available on that day. The event was moved to 4 October for the first time in 1929. Initially he found a following only in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Czechoslovakia. In May 1931 at a congress of the International Animal Protection Congress in Florence Italy, his proposal to make 4 October World Animal Day universal was unanimously accepted and adopted as a resolution.
Objective of World Animal Welfare Day
The objective of World animal welfare day is t raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe. To unite 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.
Animal Welfare Organisations in India
1. Animal Welfare Board of India:
The ‘Animal Welfare Board of India’/’AWBI’, established in the year 1960, under Section 4 of the ‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act-1960’, is a statutory advisory body, formed for advising the Government of India, on animal welfare laws.
2. ‘National Institute of Animal Welfare’/ ‘NIAW’:
‘National Institute of Animal Welfare’/NIAW is a division of the Indian ‘Ministry of Environment and Forests’, established in the year 1999, is located in 8 acres of land in Ballabgarh of Haryana State.
3. ’Blue Cross of India’ /’BCI'(Chennai):
The ‘Blue Cross of India (Chennai), one of the largest animal welfare organizations in India, was founded in the year 1959 & registered as a society in the year 1964 and recognized by the ‘Animal Welfare Board of India’ /’AWBI’ in the year 1966.
4. The Blue Cross of Hyderabad:
The ‘Blue Cross of Hyderabad’ was founded in the year 1992 & registered as a society in the year 1993 and recognized by the ‘Animal Welfare Board of India’/ AWBI.
5. ‘The Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre ‘/ ‘WRRC’:
The ‘Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre’/’WRRC’ was set up by the trustees of the ‘Compassion Unlimited Plus Action’/ ‘CUPA’ to provide relief to wild animals, birds and reptiles, including medical treatment and housing and to handle cases of cruelty to wild animals, which are injured, abused and illegally traded.
6. ‘People for Ethical Treatment of Animals’- India /‘PETA’-India:
”People for Ethical Treatment of Animals’- India’/‘PETA’-India was founded in the year 2000, under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956, with the simple principle that ‘animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on or use for entertainment’.
7. Animal Aid Unlimited / Street Animal Rescue in India:
‘Animal Aid Unlimited’ is a ‘Rescue Centre’, ‘a Hospital’ and a ‘Sanctuary’, founded in the year 2002 with a ‘Mission’ to rescue and treat and keep in sanctuary, the ill or injured, un-owned street animals of Udaipur, Rajasthan.
8. ’Buddha Society for Animal Welfare’ Trust /’BSAW’ Trust:
‘Buddha Society for Animal Welfare’ Trust / BSAW Trust, established by ‘Shiksha Rattan’ Dr.S.P.Sharama to provide veterinary medical service, for the less privileged animals which are deprived of minimum essential veterinary medical aid.
9. ‘Group Of Animal Lovers’ / ‘GOAL’ Foundation / ‘Group of Animal Lovers’ – Gujarat province:
‘Group of Animal Lovers’/ ‘GOAL’ was founded by a group of 4 young college friends (Mr. Bhavik Shah, Mr. Pulkit Panchal, Ms. Khyati Shah and Mr. Vishal Modi), with similar thoughts and feelings with desires to do something to make a difference in the society for the betterment of animals and birds.
10. ‘Help In Suffering’/ ‘HIS’:
‘Help In Suffering’/ ‘HIS’ is a registered Charitable Trust, founded in the year 1980, on a 2 acres of land in South Jaipur, for working for the benefit of animals in India.
11. ‘Let’s Live Together’:
‘Let’s Live Together’-is an animal welfare organization especially for dogs, founded by Ms.Achala Paani, an animal welfare activist since 2005.
12. ‘Wildlife SOS’-India:
Wildlife SOS – India was established in the year 1995, by a small group of individuals inspired to start a movement and make lasting change to protect and conserve India’s natural heritage, forest and wildlife wealth.
13. ‘Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organization’ / ‘FIAPO’:
‘Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations’ / ‘FIAPO’, established on 25th November 2010 in New Delhi, has been registered under the ‘Indian Trust Act 1882’.
World Animal Welfare Day Activities
Animal welfare is not something that should be taken care only on one day but let us try to educate the society and help them be aware of it so that if at least one takes a move towards it then we can consider us successful in the process of observation of this day. The following are few activities that can be observed.
- Try to take part in raising funds or awareness for your favorite animal welfare organisation or cause. Volunteer yourself to animal charity organisations and donate for the welfare of animals.
- Try to volunteer to the nearby animal welfare organisations and take part in it try to be the change you wish to see in the way animals are treated.
- Veterinary career sector is one of such area which is overlooked by the community. Try to organised career fairs exclusively to highlight the features of career in this field and how you can revive humanity by working for this cause.
- Conduct debate competitions at workplace and schools to highlight and understand different opinions on animal rights and animal welfare
- Try to create social media impact on people by conducting awareness programs and circulating videos and posters to make people aware of the cruelty that is shown towards animals and how that can be avoided
- Students at school can also be made aware of the endangered species and how it will alternatively effect human life too on this planet
- Students can be taken to nearby animal museum to let them learn about the species and the causes of it
World Animal Welfare Day Quotes
- “Being a humanitarian, supporting animal rights activists, human rights activists, it’s all the same.” – Daryl Hannah
- “Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to a man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not to die, so do other creatures.”
– Dalai Lama
- “Anyone who says that life matters less to animals than it does to us has not held in his hands an animal fighting for its life. The whole of the being of the animal is thrown into that fight without reserve.”
– J. M. Coetzee
- The animals of the planet are in desperate peril… Without free animal life I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen.”
- “The way you treat the animals around you will be the nature of the animal within you”
- “Life is life – whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man’s own advantage.” – Sri Aurobindo
- “Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”- Albert Einstein
- “The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” – Charles Darwin
- ” We should remember in our dealings with animals that they are a sacred trust to us from our Heavenly Father. They are dumb and cannot speak for themselves. ” – Harriet Beecher Stowe
- “There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, and happiness and misery.” – Charles Darwin
- “There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is. ” – Isaac Bashevis Singer
World Animal Welfare Day Quiz
3. In which year was the first animal day celebrated?
4. What is the name of the veterinary charity that teaches people about responsible pet care?
7. The Animal welfare Act was passed in which year?
8. The endangered black rhinoceros is hunted for what?
9. What endangered animal is the largest land mammal?
10. Since the U.S. Endangered Species Act was enacted in 1973, how many animals from the list have gone extinct?A) 0
A) A fungus
B) Melting ice
12. What was the last feline species to go extinct?
A) Iberian lynx
B) Snow Leopars
C) Florida Panther
D) Saber-toothed cat
13. Western lowland gorillas have been threatened by which of the following?
C)The Ebola Virus
D)All of the above
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