It is our intention to gain the support of celebrities worldwide for the World Animal Day initiative in order to help maintain a truly ‘international’ feel. We would welcome any help in achieving this goal. So, if you would like to help by gaining the support of celebrities in your country, then please send an email to Caroline at World Animal Day.
Click here to see a message of support from the office of HRH the Duke of York on the launch of the official World Animal Day website.
Read on to hear the thoughts of some of our celebrity supporters……..
Linda Pétursdóttir, is a former Miss Iceland and Miss World
It’s a privilege and honor for me to support the marvelous cause World Animal Day represents. I also take great pleasure in being among those who seek to contribute to its work worldwide as well as within my own country Iceland, by appearing with my support on this website.
Iceland is the youngest and among the smallest countries in Europe. It was discovered by Vikings shortly before the year 1000 whom carried livestock with them for survival. Since that time and for centuries, our lives depended on the wellbeing of such animals. Unfortunately and due to modern factory farming the life’s of many of these sentient beings have been degraded by man.
As an active participant in providing the only modern health club/spa for ladies only in Iceland and being it’s owner my awareness of the importance of quality of life has risen year by year. It’s my sincere believe that we should all aim to extend what we seek for our own wellbeing to the animals who we take into our service and into our lives.
Louis Barnett, Britain’s Youngest Entrepreneur, Chocolatier, Motivational Speaker and Avid Conservationist
”It is a great honour to have the opportunity to be a Celebrity World Animal Day Ambassador. We have so little time left to save the many endangered species of animals on our planet. We must take action now if we are to save these remarkable animals, or we can stand back, do nothing and watch them disappear from our world forever.
Since I launched my chocolate business at the age of 12, I have been striving to raise awareness of the plight of endangered animals and their ever diminishing habitats. World Animal Day gives us a wonderful opportunity to join together and shout with one loud voice – together we can make a difference!”
Maria Daines, Rock Music Artist, Songwriter and Animal Advocate
”I would be highly honoured to become a Celebrity Ambassador and I’ll help all I can in the run up to 4 October. I am very proud and happy to be a part of World Animal Day and to help, alongside millions of compassionate people, to raise awareness for the voiceless and to shine a light on our animal friends, some of whom currently exist in a dark world, built for them by cruel, uncaring hands.”
Anneka Svenska, Wildlife Presenter and Conservationist
”World Animal Day is a wonderful chance for animal lovers all over the world to come together in solidarity over one extremely important cause. To save and protect the animals on our planet and the delicate environment they live in. Without animals in the world, the world would be a very sad place. We must learn to protect and nurture them and make sure that the world will always stay a place where they can roam free and never become extinct.”
Emma Jesson, TV Presenter & Weathergirl, England – ITV and Channel 4
”As a patron of the RSPCA Safe Haven scheme and supporter of the RSPCA Birmingham Animal Centre, I would like to wholeheartedly pledge my support to World Animal Day. How wonderful to have a date which celebrates just how much joy we derive from interaction with both wild as well as domestic animals.
I am an advocate of Compassion in World Farming and other organisations which campaign for animal rights – I abhor animal and fish cruelty and applaud the increasing media exposure of inhumane practices. The facts are often unpalatable, but we should force ourselves to become aware so we can take a call to action. Whether it’s walking the dog or watching the birds & squirrels who visit our gardens, our distant cousins in fur and feathers should be a cherished part of our lives.”
Ali Baba, Stand-Up Comedian and One of Nigeria’s Biggest Celebrities
”Animals inspire me and, in my country Nigeria, I want to stand against animal cruelty and also support and celebrate World Animal Day.”
Karen Mok, Actress, Singer-Songwriter, Advocate for Asia’s Animals
“World Animal Day is our opportunity to give the animals of Asia a voice by spreading the word that they deserve to live in a world without fear or suffering. Please join me in making a difference by making choices that will help literally millions of animals across the world by not wearing fur or buying ivory. Please help the thousands of bears suffering on bear farms in Asia too – and never buy or consume bear bile. Finally, please remember that dogs and cats are our friends, not food or fur, and we are happier and healthier by embracing them harmoniously into our lives. As Patron of Animals Asia Foundation, I will be celebrating World Animal Day in the knowledge that we are moving towards a better world for Asia’s animals.”
Dave Spikey, UK Comedian, Presenter, Actor, Comedy Writer
”I give my wholehearted support for World Animal Day and I hope this compassionate initiative will unite people from all walks of life to help make a difference. Celebrating animals and their capacity to enrich our lives, allows us to reflect on the bigger picture and reminds us that we share this time and place with other living beings who also have feelings and needs that should be met. Indeed, giving something back to our natural environment and our companion animal friends is part of who we are and where we are going in the future. I hope World Animal Day goes from strength to strength in the years ahead.”
Marianne Thieme, Dutch Political Leader, Party for the Animals
“The qualities that distinguish humans from animals, other intelligence and moral capacity to make ethical considerations are mainly used by people in their own disadvantage. Man is the only species that destroys its own habitat. In that sense we would do well to show more compassion for animals and willingness to learn the sustainability of the days they lay in the way they organize their lives. The instinct of animals show us the way to a more sustainable society, then the intellect of man.
People who stand up for animals recognize and therefore we have so many great spiritual affinity that many other people do not always understand. Therefore it is good when we work together for animal protection, to work on a better world for humans, animals, nature and environment.”
Maikel Scheffers, Wheelchair Tennis, 3rd in the world, Bronze Medal in Beijing 2008 Paralympics
”The ‘Animal Medical Care Foundation’ (AMCF) is invaluable for many animals in our world that lead a seemingly hopeless existence. My girlfriend and I have a dog named ‘Silver’ and when I get home from tournaments throughout the world, I enjoy full drafts of ‘Silver’ as he once again shows how happy he is that I’m home. ‘Silver’ gives me a very pleasant feeling and shows more than many o fus what mutual love is. This is a bond that you can have without exception with an animal. I believe EVERY animal is worth more than a “decent” life.”
Anky van Grunsven, Dutch Dressage Champion, 3 times Olympic Gold Medal Winner
”World Animal Day makes us more aware of the fact that we should treat animals well. Actually World Animal Day should not be necessary because you need to take care for your animal(s) every day. If you have an animal, you are responsible for his or her welfare. There still needs to be a lot improving on this. I do too. The new horse stables that I have built are very spacious and light and provide enough fresh air. When you continue to deepen yourself in the welfare of the animals, you can respond better to this. An animal must feel happy. In the equestrian world, we use the term ‘happy athlete’ for this. That does not mean handing out an extra carrot on a day that you really do not have time. You have a horse seven on seven, each day he / she needs exercise and attention. Besides training, it is also important that the horses come out of their stables for other things like walking, going in the meadow, being brushed, etc. My horses come out of their stables four, five times a day. I try to make every day a fun Animal Day for them!”
Ivy Hsu, Actress, Singer, TV host and Animals Taiwan Board of Supervisor
”Animals now exist in a world dominated by mankind. Without help and protection from people, animals are left defenseless in a world that they do not understand and are not equipped to survive in. We need to appreciate the beauty in all living creatures, and we need to do our part to protect them. Without animals, the world would be a sad and dark place, and World Animal Day is a celebration that reminds us of the importance and role of every living creature.”
Annabel Karmel, Leading Expert and Best-selling Suthor on Baby and Children’s Food and Nutrition
“As devoted ‘mummy’ to Oscar my Golden Retriever and Hamilton my Samoyed puppy, I feel passionate about supporting World Animal Day. The unconditional love that you receive from animals is priceless and I can’t imagine life without them. Unbelievable as it is, some people are cruel to defenceless animals and sadly they have no voice so they need us to take care of them and protect them. World Animal Day is so important as it reminds us to care for all these loving creatures…”
Melanie C, Pop Star and Party for Animals Worldwide Supporter
“On October 4th try and do something to thank and support the dedicated animal organisations that we are lucky to have, whether it’s taking a box of chocolates (for staff!) and some animal treats to your local animal shelter, a simple donation, sponsoring an animal in need or you could send a thank you card to a charity you particularly admire…your thoughts and support will go a long way.”
Stephen Leonard BVSc MRVCS, Veterinary Surgeon and Wildlife Presenter
”Raising awareness is the first and arguably the most important step in any campaign. Reminding people worldwide of the importance of animal welfare is paramount. It’s also very reassuring to realise that there are so many people on this planet who really care about its inhabitants. You all deserve a huge pat on the back.”
Julian Bennett, TV Presenter
”I believe that without animals in our lives we would be a very sad bunch of people. The joy that they bring and the unconditional love is amazing – when we walk through our doors after a bad day at work, they are there with a waggy tail and bark, a meow and a cuddle. Humans don’t even do that for us a lot of the time. Please support this amazing cause and let’s make more people become animal lovers, because without them, we would be lost”
Sir Chris Bonington CBE, Mountaineer
“I was interested to hear about your plans to mark World Animal Day and wish you every success, both in bringing the day to the notice of people in this country, and in raising much-needed funds to support animal shelters.”
Emma Milne, TV Vet
”It’s wonderful to think that people from all over the world can work together to help the animals. I wish you all the luck in the world and hope the event is the resounding success it deserves to be!”
Brian Blessed, Actor
”I feel strongly that we are the Guardians of this Planet. Animals are under our sacred protection! Fail them, and we will pay for it dearly.”
Nell McAndrew, Model
”Support World Animal Day and celebrate wildlife and the animal kingdom.”
Uri Geller, Author and Psychic
“I love my dogs, they are a part of my family. We should all love and care for all animal!”
Twiggy Lawson, Actress and Model
”How wonderful to have a day to celebrate all the animals in the world. What a lonely, awful place it would be without them. They enrich every aspect of life – let’s celebrate them and work together to bring an end to all animal suffering.”
Jilly Cooper, Author
“Nothing gives me more pleasure than my dogs, cats, the Highland pony herd in the surrounding fields, the dogs I meet on walks every day, the deer wandering through the field, the fox, rabbits and badgers. Every day I feed the birds and rejoice in the different species that come flying in. The animal kingdom brings us such joy and it is our duty and privilege to repay them with kindness, understanding and constant vigilance.”
Pollyanna Pickering, Wildlife Artist
”I have been incredibly fortunate that my work has brought me into such close contact with the natural world – and I never cease to be amazed by the variety, beauty and intelligence of the animals I paint. World Animal Day provides a wonderful opportunity for us all to celebrate the ways in which our lives are enriched by animals – and to support all the hardworking organisations which are striving to end animal suffering worldwide.”
Kika Mirylees, Actress
”I’m so glad to hear that you are trying to raise awareness in other parts of the world where animals are often at the bottom of the list. Having compassion for other species is so important – particularly in regard to our own development as human beings. Good luck with your work.”