World Animal Day - a special opportunity for everyone who cares about animals
Click here to view a letter of support from the office of HRH the Duke of York on the launch of the World Animal Day movement in 2003.
Patron - Anneka Svenska
We are delighted to introduce you to Anneka Svenska who has officially given her support to the World Animal Day movement by agreeing to become a Patron. Anneka feels very strongly about the importance of building the celebration of World Animal Day as it unites the animal welfare movement, mobilising it into a global force to make the world a better place for all animals. Find out more about Anneka.
Poet-in-Residence - Susan Richardson
In early 2015, we were thrilled to announce an inspiring new venture for World Animal Day by welcoming Susan Richardson as our poe-in-residence.
Susan promotes World Animal Day at all the performance/poetry events in which she is involved, writes poems for or about World Animal Day and shares these with us, on social media, in various publications, via press releases, and via her radio contacts etc.
Susan's wealth of experience and commitment is invaluable in helping to raise awareness of World Animal Day and its mission.
Visit Susan’s page
Stefanie Powers - Actress and Wildlife Campaigner
Stefanie Powers, President, William Holden Wildlife Foundation
Virginia McKenna - Actress, Author and Wildlife Campaigner
Thank you for inviting me to contribute a message for World Animal Day. I really hope it will be a worldwide success. All good wishes, Virginia.
"For many people World Animal Day is every day. Because every day the animals touch our lives in one way or another. As ‘pets’, as food, as beasts of burden, as educational ‘exhibits’ in zoos, as victims of the entertainment industry, as helpless objects on which drugs, cosmetics, and household goods are tested, as targets for the callous trophy hunters.
But there are two sides to this coin. They bring us joy, comfort, companionship and loyalty. They are living, sentient creatures, as we are, and deserve our respect, kindness and understanding. 365 days a year.
Virginia McKenna, Co-Founder, The Born Free Foundation
Image: Andy Gotts
Dr Andre Menache - Veterinarian
Dr Andre Menache is a veterinarian who has held significant posts in organisations aimed largely at ending vivisection, including Animal Aid UK and Antidote Europe and actively supports several grassroots organisations.
Heed the words of Joseph Pullitzer:
Pete Wedderburn - Celebrity Vet - Ireland
Pete Wedderburn is a veterinary surgeon with a passion for communicating his love of his work through writing, radio, television and the internet. He's a partner in a vet practice in Bray, Co Wicklow, Ireland, but spends 50% of his week on media work where ‘Pete the Vet’ has become his trademark name.
Pete says: "I'm delighted to support World Animal Day: my mission in life is to work as an advocate for animals, and this event is the ideal global opportunity for everyone to work together on behalf of those creatures who can't speak for themselves. I will do all I can to promote the day in Ireland, where I live, as well as in any other places where my writing and media work can reach."
Ruslana - Ukrainian Singer - Ukraine
Ruslana, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2004, is glad to show her support for the World Animal Day movement WAD and has sent the following message:
"We can distinguish the level of our kindness and love, not only from our attitude towards each other, but also from our attitude towards all animals. The way we treat them says a lot about ourselves and about the society in which we live. If we understand that the livelihood of animals depends heavily upon our attitude towards them, only then can we say that we are a humane society. These creatures are not to blame for being in the conditions that we, people, have created for them, so we must respect this by treating all creatures humanely.
Several days ago I took a cat from the street and brought it home. The day before yesterday, after my concert in Carpathians, I found a small puppy that was either abandoned or born on the street and have taken it to live with us in Kiev. These animals teach me not only to care about them but, by putting their trust in me, they also teach me to really love. I am extremely grateful to them for that.
People! Do not be afraid to adopt animals from shelters. Trust me, it is much easier to take care of these small friends than you imagine. And, if you cannot adopt an animal, please help rescue shelters, do not be indifferent.
Our breed is kindness"