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
Karen Mok, Actress, Singer-Songwriter, Advocate for Asia's Animals - Hong Kong
"World Animal Day is our opportunity to give the animals of Asia a voice by spreading the word that they deserve to live in a world without fear or suffering. Please join me in making a difference by making choices that will help literally millions of animals across the world by not wearing fur or buying ivory. Please help the thousands of bears suffering on bear farms in Asia too, and never buy or consume bear bile. Finally, please remember that dogs and cats are our friends, not food or fur, and we are happier and healthier by embracing them harmoniously into our lives. As Patron of Animals Asia Foundation, I will be celebrating World Animal Day in the knowledge that we are moving towards a better world for Asia's animals."
Ali Baba, Stand-Up Comedian and One of Nigeria's Biggest Celebrities - Nigeria
"Animals inspire me and, in my country Nigeria, I want to stand against animal cruelty and also support and celebrate World Animal Day."
Emma Jesson, TV Presenter & Weathergirl, England - ITV and Channel 4 - United Kingdom
"As a patron of the RSPCA Safe Haven scheme and supporter of the RSPCA Birmingham Animal Centre, I would like to wholeheartedly pledge my support to World Animal Day. How wonderful to have a date which celebrates just how much joy we derive from interaction with both wild as well as domestic animals.
I am an advocate of Compassion in World Farming and other organisations which campaign for animal rights. I abhor animal and fish cruelty and applaud the increasing media exposure of inhumane practices. The facts are often unpalatable, but we should force ourselves to become aware so we can take a call to action. Whether it's walking the dog or watching the birds & squirrels who visit our gardens, our distant cousins in fur and feathers should be a cherished part of our lives."
Anneka Svenska, Wildlife Presenter and Conservationist - United Kingdom
“World Animal Day is a wonderful chance for animal lovers all over the world to come together in solidarity over one extremely important cause. To save and protect the animals on our planet and the delicate environment they live in. Without animals in the world, the world would be a very sad place. We must learn to protect and nurture them and make sure that the world will always stay a place where they can roam free and never become extinct.”
Maria Daines, Rock Music Artist, Songwriter and Animal Advocate - United Kingdom
"I would be highly honoured to become a Celebrity Ambassador and I'll help all I can in the run up to 4 October. I am very proud and happy to be a part of World Animal Day and to help, alongside millions of compassionate people, to raise awareness for the voiceless and to shine a light on our animal friends, some of whom currently exist in a dark world, built for them by cruel, uncaring hands."