World Animal Day


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    • The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) celebrated World Animal Day 2021 on 4th October

    About World Animal Day 2021

    • Aim:
      • To raise awareness about the importance of animals in the ecosystem and improve their welfare standards. 
      • To address the plight of animals, both wild and domestic, and initiate better efforts towards their protection and conservation.
    • History:
      • The particular date (4 October) was chosen in honour of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. 
      • The very first World Animal Day was commemorated on March 24, 1925, by Heinrich Zimmermann, at the Sports Palace in Berlin, Germany.
      • Since 2003, it is the UK-based Animal welfare charity, Naturewatch Foundation that supervises the international celebration.
    • Theme:
      • Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Plant”

    Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI)

    • It is a statutory body and advisory body for the Government of India, advising on animal welfare laws, and promotes animal welfare in the country of India.
    • It was established in 1962 under Section 4 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,1960.
    • The Board consists of 28 members, who serve for a period of 3 years.
    • It works to ensure that animal welfare laws in the country are followed and provides grants to Animal Welfare Organisations.
    • HQ in Ballabgarh in Faridabad District of Haryana.

    Source: PIB