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World Animal Day

World Animal Day is an international day of action for animal rights and welfare celebrated annually on October 4, the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. It started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy who wished to highlight the plight of endangered species.

"The lives of animals are profoundly affected by the actions of individuals, businesses, and nations," according to the event website. "It’s therefore essential that, as sentient beings, their rightful status as recipients of social justice is established and translated into effective animal protection."

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Earlier Event: October 3
World Habitat Day
Later Event: November 19
European Week for Waste Reduction