World Farm Animals Day - October 2
Mon, Oct 2, 2023

World Farm Animals Day

World Farm Animals Day is celebrated on October 2nd and serves as a reminder of the plight of animals from farms and slaughterhouses around the world. It was founded in 1983 by a movement to protect the rights of farm animals and the date coincides with the birthday of the famous human rights activist, Mahatma Gandhi, as a tribute to his belief that all living things should be treated with the same respect.


The date was chosen in honour of Mahatma Gandhi, a spiritual leader and human rights activist. He was renowned for his strong belief that all living things should be treated with the same respect, regardless of their species. The holiday was set up in 1983 by a movement to protect the rights of farm animals, and is a reminder of the mistreatment experienced by animals on farms and slaughterhouses across the world. The situation is gradually improving, as more and more farmers are using the Royal Society’s approved housekeeping scheme with success. Additionally, other movements such as vegetarianism are also gaining traction, helping to improve the lives of animals.

Interesting facts

  • On one of the Bahamas, pigs are known to love swimming and begging for treats, often being photographed with tourists.
  • Bulls are not annoyed by the red color used by matadors, as is commonly believed. They instead become aggressive due to the roaring crowd and the person waving a rag near their muzzle.
  • Sheep are able to recognize their shepherd simply by sight.
  • Goats possess a unique pupil which allows them to see from the back.
  • Chickens have been known to show mercy and compassion.

How to take part

If you wish to take part in World Farm Animals Day, you can make a donation to a charitable organization to help improve the lives of animals. Alternatively, you could reduce your consumption of animal products by becoming a vegetarian, or visit a petting zoo and enjoy spending time with animals. Finally, spread awareness of the holiday by telling your loved ones about it!

When is World Farm Animals Day in 2023?

World Farm Animals Day is observed on October 2 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Monday October 2 2023
Wednesday October 2 2024
Thursday October 2 2025
Friday October 2 2026

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