Did you know that a cow’s “moo” has a different accent depending on what region they originate from? Or that bats always turn left when they fly out of a cave? Zebras are actually white with black stripes, not the other way around. And flamingos can only eat when their heads are upside down!
Here’s another head scratcher: a duck’s quack never echoes, anywhere, and nobody knows why! These are just a few of the million amazing animal facts – facts that prove just how amazingly wonderful animals are – and how their presence on this beautiful planet only enriches our own individual human journey through life.
There are a lot of things in the world that threaten the future of animals that call this planet home. Every day, natural resources are being misused, wetlands and forests are being destroyed for new cities to be built, and habitats are being fragmented for roadways. Harmful species are being introduced into ecosystems they do not belong in, and illegal wildlife trade and poaching are wiping out entire populations of animals.
It’s estimated that nine percent of all species become extinct every million years. In other words, between one and five species go extinct every year. This rate of extinction has sped up five times in the Earth’s history. A mass extinction was last seen in full sixty five million years ago when the last of the dinosaurs became extinct.
As human beings, we are neighbors, roommates, and friends to these creatures, and it’s our responsibility to help protect them so that their future generations can grow and thrive, and, in turn, our future generations can be blessed with the joy of sharing their lives with them too. World Animal Day began in 1931 as a way to highlight the plight of endangered species. This day has since evolved into a day to honor all the animals of the world, regardless of the celebrators nationality, religion, faith, or political beliefs.
The mission of World Animal Day is to
(1) celebrate animal life in all its forms,
(2) celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom,
(3) acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives – from being our companions, supporting and helping us, to bringing a sense of wonder into our lives, and
(4) acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives.
This day is not linked to any person, organization, or campaign! It belongs to all of the citizens of the world and all of their animal neighbors!5 It's a day for advocacy, education, unity, involvement, and the raising of awareness for all of the animal issues that exist throughout the world. You can learn about what different activities and events are taking place throughout the world in celebration by visiting this link as new activities and events are being added everyday.
How Can You Get Involved on World Animal Day?
There are so many ways that you can get involved on World Animal Day! You can…
• Educate people on the animals of the world, the many unfortunate plights some animal suffer through, and tell them what World Animal Day stands for! Many people are not aware of puppy mills and illegal dog fighting, and they need to have knowledge about such issues in order to take positive action! For some, they also don’t know just how awesome a no-meat lifestyle can be! You can also help dispel the negatively held beliefs about specific breeds and animals, and let people know how important it is to “adopt, not shop!” But remember not to nag, nobody likes that!
• Expand your own knowledge and broaden your own horizons by picking up a book by an animal expert extraordinaire, such as Jane Goodall, or a children's book of the same style which you can share with some of the younger people in your life.
• Write a letter to your local newspaper, or put up a post on your favorite social media site, or blog informing people of the day and the meaning behind it.
• Donate to a local animal charity or shelter. Local shelters are always in need of food, litter, and supplies. Check with your local shelter before going shopping as many have a giving tree/wish list.
• Volunteer at your local shelter or look into fostering an animal. The Creatures Division will be talking more about this next month, so stay tuned!
• Make your garden more animal friendly, add a birdbath, and include bee friendly plants. 7
• Say “thank you” to all the people who spend day in and day out helping protect and save animals. Stop by a local veterinarian’s office or no-kill shelter and leave some sweet treats for the volunteers who celebrate “World Animal Day” every day! (Make sure you leave them in an animal free zone!)
• Surprise your own favorite animal companion with an unexpected treat and carve out some extra time during the day to enjoy their company. If you know somebody who doesn't have that same opportunity, volunteer to spend some extra time with their companion, too!
The purpose of this day is for people to “use this special day to commemorate their love and respect for animals by doing something special to highlight their importance in the world. Increased awareness will lead the way to improved standards of animal welfare throughout the world.” 5 So go out and do something fun and positive! Empower. Educate. Collaborate. Be a part of something special this October 4th to celebrate all of the animals of the world!
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