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
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
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."