Every dog has its day

PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

A Filipino bicyclist giving his pet dog a ride in front of a church in Manila on World Animal Day yesterday. World Animal Day, which is held on the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, is celebrated annually to raise awareness of animal welfare. It was initiated in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy, who wished to highlight the plight of endangered species.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 05, 2015, with the headline 'Every dog has its day'. Print Edition | Subscribe