Every year on October 4th, the world comes together to celebrate World Animal Day—an occasion that plays a crucial role in raising awareness and promoting global animal protection. It’s a day that serves as a reminder of the importance of animals in our lives—whether they live in the wild or in our own neighborhoods—and encourages people to fight for a better world for species big and small.

Here are five impactful ways you can join in the movement and support a better world for all animals.

1. Support legitimate sanctuaries. A true sanctuary doesn’t buy, sell, trade, or breed animals, nor does it allow public contact with wild animals. Look for a Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) certification.  
Source: Big Cat Alliance 
2. When traveling or shopping for souvenirs, be mindful of products made from wildlife, such as ivory, exotic animal skins, or products derived from endangered species. Purchasing such items fuels illegal wildlife trade and harms wildlife populations. 
3. Plant native species of flowers, trees, and bushes in your yard to conserve water and give birds and other wild animals food, shelter, and a place to raise families. 
4. Check the labels of beauty and personal care products to ensure they’re cruelty-free. Also, pay close attention to ingredients—some cosmetics may contain squalene, a compound commonly made from a shark’s liver. 
5. Climate actions like taking public transportation, eating less meat, and embracing vintage clothes can have a direct impact on food and clean water sources, wildlife reproduction, and habitat health. Visit TheEnvironmentExcuse.org for more.

P.S. You can also help animals around the world by supporting WildAid! Your gift helps our work to end wildlife trafficking, safeguard vulnerable marine life and habitats, and reduce the effects of climate change.

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About WildAid

WildAid is a non-profit organization with a mission to protect wildlife from illegal trade and other imminent threats. While most wildlife conservation groups focus on protecting animals from poaching, WildAid primarily works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products such as elephant ivory, rhino horn and shark fin soup. With an unrivaled portfolio of celebrity ambassadors and a global network of media partners, WildAid leverages more than $308 million in annual pro-bono media support with a simple message: When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too. 

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