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World Farm Animals Day

World Farm Animals Day, which falls on October 2 every year, has great significance as it sheds light and brings awareness regarding the abuse and maltreatment of animals. It reminds us that millions of innocent animals have lost their lives at large factory farms. This day also aims to introduce regulations to fight for the equality of all animals, regardless of their life cycles, so quality meat and related products can be obtained from healthy and well-treated animals.

History of world farm animals day

World Farm Animals Day is also known as the ‘World Day for Farmed Animals. It is celebrated on the birthday of the legendary spiritual leader and human rights activist Mahatma Gandhi. He said he believed all living things needed to be treated equally and with respect and dignity, including animals of all kinds.

This day was founded as a part of an international Farm Animal Rights Movement campaign in 1983. The day raises awareness regarding the prolonged suffering the farm animals have been subjected to and their brutal slaughter. For the thousands of people who observe this day, the main goal is to encourage others to work on creating a compassionate world where animals are not treated as mere products. Over the centuries, billions of farm animals have been killed for food in massive factory farms and slaughterhouses worldwide.

It is not all doom and gloom; there is light at the end of the tunnel for these farm animals. A farming scheme approved by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or R.S.P.C.A., was created and implemented around a quarter of a century ago. It is a good solution for farmers who strive for higher animal welfare standards and shoppers who want to support such welfare farming.

Today, with movements like vegetarianism and veganism, animals and their rights are regularly put at the forefront. As a result, such conversations and actions concerning animal welfare and good treatment occur more frequently today.

World farm animals day timeline

The R.S.P.C.A. is Born
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is established in London to rescue and rehabilitate animals across England and Wales.

Old MacDonald
The Sam Patterson Trio records the song ‘Old MacDonald Had a Farm,’ loosely based on Thomas D’Urfey’s song ‘In the Fields in Frost and Snow’ for an opera called “The Kingdom of the Birds or Wonders of the Sun.”

The 1980s
Temple Grandin Makes Slaughtering Humane
Temple Grandin, a scientist and animal behaviourist, invents a conveyor-restrainer system to make large beef slaughtering plants humane.

Making a Difference Starts Here
World Farm Animals Day was established to bring awareness to animals’ excruciating pain and suffering slaughtered for food.

Equal Farming for All
The not-for-profit R.S.P.C.A. Approved Farming Scheme is launched.

How to observe world farm animals day

  1. Donate
  2. Many charities are geared toward improving the lives of animals from all walks of life. Try and locate one near you that works towards helping farm animals. You can also make small and online donations to help them.
  3. Visit an animal farm.
  4. Find a petting zoo or animal farm that is transparent about donations and take your kids for a visit. You can pet cows and goats, take pictures with the chickens, and your kids can play with the smaller farm animals.
  5. Go vegetarian or vegan.
  6. Try vegetarian or vegan if you wish to show your devotion to animal rights. This way, you won’t carry around the guilt of eating meat from unregulated and poorly managed farms. Cutting out meat and other animal products will also give you peace of mind.

5 little known facts about farm animals

  1. Cows will outnumber people soon.
  2. With over 94 million cows in the U.S., there is approximately one cow for every three people.
  3. Chickens communicate well
  4. Chickens can communicate using over 200 different noises.
  5. Pigs can’t sweat
  6. Since pigs lack sweat glands, they must roll in mud to stay calm and avoid sunburn.
  7. Donkeys have excellent vantage points.
  8. A donkey’s eyes are positioned to see all four of its feet regardless of how it is standing.
  9. Cows are social
  10. Cows are highly social creatures and form bonds with one another.

Why world farm animals day is important

  1. It encourages the kind treatment of animals.
  2. People learn to react positively towards animals through celebrations and gatherings where animals and their rights are highlighted. Unlike pets, farm animals are some of the worst treated creatures on the planet and need our support.
  3. It transforms the farming industry.
  4. To help improve farm animals’ lives, people and organizations are constantly working on ways to improve their living standards through technological innovation and drawing up new regulations for farmers.
  5. It changes perspective
  6. When people watch documentaries and television shows about the inhumane treatment of animals of all kinds, they are faced with a truth that prods them to become kind and sensitive towards animal suffering.

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