World Animal Day is held annually on October 4th to coincide with the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. It has become a global day of action for animal rights and welfare.
It is a day when compassionate people put their differences aside and unite to be the voice for other species.
ANIMALS MATTER TO AFRICA, Cape Town sums it up nicely:
Every Animal Protection Organisation, every activist, and every individual who cares about animals, will come together to March on this day for creatures great and small. Their mission, to call on the United Nations to:
o Animals are sentient – they can suffer and feel pain
o Animals’ welfare must be respected and protected
o Animal cruelty must end for good.
The message is that ALL nonhuman animals are sentient and should not suffer in any way at the hands of humans. Marches took place in all the major South African cities. Some were organised by Animals Matter to Africa. According to Heather Howe, in Cape Town “300 people marched to parliament to hand over a memo to MP, which requested improved legislation for animal care” (read more about Heather @ https://emynow.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/instil-compassion-in-children/ ).
Zimbabwe, an African country where poaching for ivory is rife, also came on board.
Globally, other groups marched in protest against the ivory trade – a scourge on this planet. Marching for lions was included, as canned hunting is another blight on humankind.
In 136 cities worldwide, memos were handed over to various embassies, demanding that something be done to end wild life trafficking.
Dex Kotze – conservationist and anti-Rhino poaching activist – organised the march in Johannesburg. He was also one of the celebrities who took part in the fur-free fashion show in Johannesburg.
This excellent video of Johannesburg’s march for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions shows the day’s event ( filmed by Dani Malan).
I was fortunate to be part of the wet and cold London march for Elephants and Rhinos.
Elephant masks were worn to draw attention to the plight of these magnificent creatures, killed just for human greed.
Eventually we must be heard.
NONHUMAN ANIMALS ARE NOT COMMODITIES!!