World Animal Day (04/10)

World Animal Day, or World Animal Day, celebrated around the world annually on October 4, was established at the International Congress of Supporters of the Nature Protection Movement, held in 1931 in Florence (Italy), and is designed to draw the attention of mankind to problems of other inhabitants of the planet.

The date October 4 was chosen for the reason that this day is known as the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, 1181/1182 - 1226, who is considered the patron saint of animals. Churches in a number of countries hold World Animal Day services on or around October 4th.

Animal protection societies annually organize various public events and actions dedicated to the Day. In Russia, this date has been celebrated since 2000 at the initiative of the International Fund for Animal Welfare.