World Animal Day 2022: What Is It?

World Animal Day 2022: What Is It?

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World Animal Day is an annual event that takes place on October 4th. It is a day for people to celebrate, commemorate, and raise awareness of animals worldwide. The World Society started for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) in 1931; they are still the main organizers of World Animal Day. It is currently supported by animal rights groups across 150 countries, working together to encourage public participation in this important event.

World Animal Day Celebrations

-Public displays are put up with artwork featuring animals.

-Free vegan meals are served to encourage plant-based eating.

-Green spaces are left vacant for petting zoos, feeder stations, or benches with students can sit and study.

-Animals are commemorated by being named after them in places like streets, buildings, or parks.

Why It Matters

We should all consider reducing the number of abused and mistreated domesticated (farm) animals, stray dogs, and cats that end up in shelters or rescue organizations.

This day serves as a catalyst that enables citizens, non-government organizations (NGOs), private companies, and governments alike to take action against the cruelty and maltreatment of animals.

World Animal Day is not only about planning activities or taking action. It also brings our attention to the world’s most endangered species and aims to raise awareness on animal welfare issues such as rescuing, treating, and caring for needy animals.

World Animal Day Themes

The theme of World Animal Day 2020 was ‘Animal heroes.’ There are many ways we humans depend on our four-legged friends as part of our family as pets, and we also rely on some animals for food, clothing, and entertainment.

Many endangered species are exploited by their vulnerability and hunted to extinction or near-destruction if they cannot be saved from poachers and illegal traders who use them for profit.

The 2021 World Animal Day aimed to bring awareness to such issues through the stories of those brave individuals whose acts make us proud instead of ashamed. It is time we salute these heroes and celebrate their achievements.

Respecting Animals

Suppose you have stories about animals that you would like to share. In that case, World Animal Day 2020 has a social media campaign encouraging people from all walks of life to express their solidarity with our animal heroes through the many social media available today.

Do not forget that even though these animals do not live with us as pets or part of any human-animal symbiotic relationship, they are still animals deserving respect and protection just as much as those who do.

Moreover, World Animal Day aims to bring awareness to animal testing in the pharmaceutical industry. Animals are being made to suffer when they should not have to pay for our curiosity or progress when other non-animal research methods are available that do not cause pain.

So take some time out on World Animal Day and consider how you can use your voice to speak up for animals in need worldwide. After all, we owe them a lot.


World Animal Day is a day for people to celebrate animals and their importance. Animals provide us with food, clothing, transport, entertainment, and companionship.

People can do one of the following on this day – adopt an animal from a shelter or rescue organization or volunteer at an animal shelter or rescue organization. Or they can donate to help support these organizations.

This year’s theme is “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet,” which means that we should all work together to care for our planet and its inhabitants.


World Animal Day 2022 will be celebrated on October 4th globally, but several countries celebrate it on different dates based on traditional festivals and holidays. For example, Sri Lanka celebrates this day on August 12th due to its celebrations, while Malta marks it on May 13th as a public holiday.

We encourage everyone worldwide to celebrate this day with our animal heroes and consider ways to help protect them around the year. Please participate in initiatives that raise awareness, save animals from harm, or help them lead more comfortable lives.

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