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Help gain Celebrity Support for the World Animal Day movement. Please contact celebrities in your country, tell them about World Animal Day and its Mission to raise the status of animals, and ask them to send a quote and image to caroline@worldanimalday.org.uk

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

We are honoured to have Susan Richardson as our poet-in-residence. She promotes World Animal Day at all her performance and poetry events, writes poems in honour of World Animal Day each year, and helps promote the celebration of this special day on social media, in publications, via press releases, and via her radio contacts etc. Her wealth of experience and commitment is invaluable in helping to raise awareness of World Animal Day and its mission.  Visit Susan’s page

Aleksandra Kovac, Songwriter, film and music producer

Aleksandra Kovac is one of Serbia's most appreciated songwriters, film and music producer. In addition to scoring the 2015 BAFTA Scotland New Talent award nominated short "Separate lives", she is also the first MTV award winner in the history of her country, as well as a bestselling artist and songwriter. Aleksandra ran her own animal shelter from 2005 - 2009 and found forever homes for the animals she rescued. Now she supports people who are caring for and rehoming animals. 

Aleksandra says: "World Animal Day is such an important reminder that we, humans, have a huge responsibility towards all animals, domesticated and wild, and need to work towards saving them, caring for them and giving them the rights they so desperately need and deserve. I, for one, fight for them every chance I get and try to inspire others to do the same, especially young people who can make a tremendous change in this world." 

Stefanie Powers - Actress and Wildlife Campaigner

 
"On October 4 each year we celebrate World Animal Day, the day when we acknowledge those creatures without whom we humans would never have evolved. Animals teach us every day in every way what their sacrifices allows us to have if we just listen to them. Their condition is an echo of what we have in store … abuse them and we abuse ourselves … render them extinct and we are next."

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. 

"To all the campaigners out there, rest assured in the knowledge that the scientific argument against animal experiments is crushing. We have reached a tipping point where animal researchers can no longer hide the fact that their work constitutes scientific fraud. Take this message to your family, your friends, your local MP, your doctor, your dentist, your vet and your local media."

Heed the words of Joseph Pullitzer:   
 
There is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle, there is not a vice which does not live by secrecy. Get these things out in the open, describe them, attack them, ridicule them in the press, and sooner or later public opinion will sweep them away. Publicity may not be the only thing that is needed, but it is the one thing without which all other agencies will fail.

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."

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