ZAGREB, Oct 4 (Croatia Sun News) – Croatia is observing World Animal Day, October 4, a day dedicated to raising awareness of animal rights, their treatment by humans and the importance of animals for life on Earth.
The Friends of Animals association recalls that World Animal Day has been observed since 1925 on October 4, the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
The ambassador of World Animal Day in Croatia, Ivana Lunka, called on citizens to choose some of the many ways to mark that day and contribute to creating a world with less violence towards animals.
“Let us develop habits that are based on compassion, love, care and respect for all living beings. Animals need us,” she said.
Luka Oman of the Friends of Animals called for implementing the 2017 Animal Protection Act, which obliges local authorities to visit all households and check if all dogs are microchipped, and regulates the possibility of ordering permanent sterilisation as a measure of controlling dog and cat breeding, a measure that has been used by more than 150 towns and communities, including Zagreb.
Oman also called for building animal shelters and promoting animal adoption and protection in order to put an end to citizens’ irresponsible behaviour towards animals in their care.
He also called on citizens to mark World Animal Day on Saturday, by visiting Zagreb’s Bundek Park, where various events dedicated to that day will be organised.