World Day for Farmed Animals observed on October 2

Highlights:

  • Every year, the World Day for Farmed Animals is celebrated by the International Animal Welfare Organization, Asia for Animals Coalition and World Animal Protection.
  • The day is celebrated to bring in awareness in treating animals as sentient beings and make visible the urgency and importance of farm animal welfare.
  • India joined the other Asian countries to celebrate the day under Asia for Animals Coalition grouping. Asia for Animals consists of 23 animal welfare organizations that are focused on improving welfare of animals in Asia.
Significant of the Day:
  • The day is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji as he was an animal lover. 
  • It is organised by FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement) since 1983.
  • Ghandi, who believed in treating all living beings with respect, World Farm Animals Day was founded to highlight the poor conditions suffered by some farm animals, and promote awareness in the hope something may be done to improve their lives.
  • Poor treatment of farm animals and intensive animal farming pose pandemic level threat to humans.
  • It also depletes the health of animals.