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New Delhi : The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) celebrated World Animal Day 2021 on October 4 at Kamdhenu Dham Gaushala (Nagar Nigam Gaushala), Gurugram, Haryana (run by Shri Chetan Dass Gosanvardhan, Sangel, Ujina), in the presence of Parshottam Rupala, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Minister, Govt. of India, and Jai Prakash Dalal, Minister, Animal Husbandry Department, Govt. of Haryana.

The Day is celebrated every year on 4 October 4 internationally, on the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, to educate people about how their actions impact animals and create awareness about the protection of animals all over the world. The first celebration of World Animal Day was observed in March, 1925. This Day is observed globally to raise the status of animals.

The celebration of World Animal Day unites the animal welfare movement, mobilising it into a global force to make the world a better place for all animals. It is celebrated in different ways in every country, irrespective of nationality, religion, faith or political ideology.

Parshottam Rupala, Union Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Minister, and  J P Dalal inaugurated the celebration of World Animal Day. Rupala launched the website (www.awbi.in) of AWBI and said that this website will benefit the end users of animal welfare. During the celebration,  Rupala appreciated efforts of the department for organising the World Animal Day on Gaushala campus. He said that our Prime Minister’s vision of Vocal for Local will become practical when the Gau Mata will provide the livelihood of the families and the we won’t require to protect the cow and its progeny but in reality the cow and its progeny will protect the human beings.

Rupala said the Govt. of India is working on doubling the income of our farmers through increased production of the crops and livestock and production of more milk by improving the production of the milk and by-products from them. He told that Gomata is the only creature on the earth whose excreta is considered as holy. He further told that Lord Krishna followed the Gopalan.