Please help gain the support of celebrities in your country for the World Animal Day movement. Tell them about World Animal Day and its Mission to raise the status of animals, and ask them to send a quote expressing their support and an image to

View a letter of support from 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. Find out more about Anneka.

Poet-in-Residence - Susan Richardson

We are honoured to have our very own poet-in-residence, Susan Richardson, who promotes and supports the mission of World Animal Day in so many ways. Find out more about Susan

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."

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"