Commemorating World Animal Day, 4 October

World Animal Day is celebrated every October 4 since 1931. World Animal Day is established in Florence, Italy. October 4 was chosen as World Animal Day because on that date the blessing of animals was held by Francis of Assisi, a nature lover and animal and environmental protector.

The purpose of the World Animal Day is to respect all kinds of animals in the world. On this day of celebration, animal rescue teams and various wildlife organizations will conduct fundraising activities, bazaars, and so forth. On that day, they will reward individuals, groups of people, or institutions that are considered to have given the best contribution to the animal world.

HIstory Of World Animal Day

World Animal Day is celebrated every October 4th. On that date it was initially chosen because at that time the Francis of Assisi banquet was held, a nature lover and animal and environmental protector.
In various stories it is mentioned about its proximity to the environment and animals, including wildlife. He sees animals as God’s creatures and loves them as God created them. One of the famous stories is the evil wolf who terrorized the citizens of the Italian city of Gubbio. But the nature of the evil wolf was successfully changed when he met Francis and became friends with the saint and the citizens of the city of Gubbio.

Jalak Bali, one of the animals that is currently threatened with extinction / Special photos Source: https://nusantaranews.co
Jalak Bali, one of the animals that is currently threatened with extinction / Special photos Source: https://nusantaranews.co

Various stories about the closeness of Francis to the environment and animals, including wildlife, make the church celebrate specifically. The celebration is held every October 4th. On that date there will be a special blessing ceremony for animals in the church. Millions of animals are blessed by priests every year in a ceremony that touches the feelings of most present. Saint Francis of Assisi was honored and celebrated in the Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran churches.

At present, the celebration of World Animal Day is celebrated by all animal lovers from all religions and beliefs, nationalities, and backgrounds, but blessings on animals are still carried out in various churches. Animal rescue teams and various wildlife organizations conduct fundraising activities, bazaars, etc. in various schools and workplaces. On that day, they also give awards to individuals, groups of people, or institutions that are considered to have given the best contribution to the animal world.

Because of that as a hobby and lover of animals and ornamental animals, we really need to know and reflect on the importance of this world animal day, related to preservation and coaching to avoid the extinction of endangered animals in this world.

There are 4 animals that will become extinct and are listed as endangered animals in the International Union for Conservation (IUCN). The rare animals include Bali Starling (Leucopsar rothschildi), Lutung Budeng (Trachypithecus auratus), Proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus) and also giant anteater.

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