Remember International Animal Week

2017-10-12 06:01

TRADITIONALLY, the first week in October is
celebrated as International Animal Week in memory of St Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, who was born on October 4, 1182.

St Francis was known as the gentle saint who preached to the birds and tamed the wolves.

During this week, animal welfare organisations focus attention on the plight of animal all over the world, highlighting the cruelty in circuses, zoos,
laboratories, sale yards, puppy mills, battery systems and the meat and dairy industry, as well as the abuse of domestic animals.

In memory of St Francis, churches of all denominations are encouraged to focus their services on animal welfare issues, create awareness and encourage a more compassionate approach towards all sentient beings.

“Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough.

“We have a higher mission — to be of service to them whenever they require it.” St Francis of Assisi. 1182.

MAUREEN VIDA

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