The World Animal Day is marked today. The decision to mark the day was made by an international convention held by nature protection activists in Florence in 1931. The date, October 4, was chosen for it is the commemorative day for the Catholic saint Francis of Assisi, known as a patron of animals. Churches in many countries hold services dedicated to the World Animal Day on October 4 or on a day near it.
Animal protection societies in many states have stated willingness to annually arrange various mass events. The date has in Russia been marked since 2000 at the initiative of the International Animal Protection Fund. The day aims to increase the public awareness of the need to protect the environment and step up the efforts in protecting animals.
Animals in many West European states are considered to be part of the family that have as many rights as do its other members. Russia has sustainably been second after the US in terms of the number of pets at home. Every third Russian family has a fellow creature living with it.
World Animal Day's Mission is to
1.To celebrate animal life in all its forms
2.To celebrate humankind's relationship with the animal kingdom
3.To acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives - from providing food, through being our companions, to supporting and helping us, to bringing a sense of wonder into our lives
4.To acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives.
To all our feline/canine/pet companions thank you for being a big part of our hearts and for making a difference in our lives.
Love and kisses