4 October is World Animal Day. This date was chosen as it is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, whose love and care for animals was an important part of his spirituality. This is intended to be a day when people in every country around the world, regardless of nationality, religion, faith, or politics can celebrate the importance of animals in our lives and reflect on the ways that we treat them, raising awareness of animal rights and welfare issues. The ultimate hope is that in some small way this will make the world a better place for animals.
Humans have a long and intimate association with animals. For our entire evolutionary history, we have used them for food and other products, we have put them to work for us in various ingenious ways, and we have treasured them as valued companions. But we have not always treated them well. In this time of pandemics, climate change, and political upheaval, it is easy to forget the effects that these things have on animals. Our focus is naturally on people, but on 4 October why not take a day to remember the place of animals in all of this.
If you’d like something to read on World Animal Day, then here is a list of books that you might enjoy…
A reading list for animal lovers of all ages