Monday, October 04, 2010

Celebrate World Animal Day!!

October 4th has been celebrated as World Animal Day since 1931, when a convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy decided to use the day as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. October 4th was originally chosen for World Animal Day because it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, a nature lover and patron saint of animals and the environment. Numerous churches throughout the world observe the Sunday closest to October 4th with a Blessing for the Animals. Since then it has grown to encompass all kinds of animal life and is widely celebrated in countries throughout the world. It is intended as a day of celebration for anyone in the world who cares about animals. It is not restricted to any one nationality, creed, religion, political belief or ideology.  

The number of events celebrating World Animal Day has increased dramatically in the past several years, with events planned in over 68 countries. Building the World Animal Day initiative is a wonderful way to unite the animal welfare movement. One such event was held this past Saturday by the Palo Alto Humane Society (PAHS) in the San Francisco Bay Area – the 2nd Humane Planet Expo: Planting the Seeds to Grow a More Compassionate World.

When Lisa Spector, “asked Erin Scott, the director of Organizational Development at PAHS, what inspired her to give birth to this event, Erin said, ‘As human beings, we tend to segregate topics and it’s really important as we step into a new paradigm of being human, to remember that what is affecting the planet is affecting animals and visa-versa. We are all connected… animals, people, the planet. It’s a falsity to segregate issues. The mission of the event is to bring to life the connecting of the dots of what is humane, what is green, and question if they are really different.’”

To find an event near you, visit the World Animal Day website to see which organizations are participating and to see if one is in your local area. If you cannot find one, visit their “Get Involved” page to find out how you can plan your own World Animal Day event for next year!

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