World Animal Day: Why Charles Darwin and St Francis of Assisi would have been fans of organic farming — Philip Lymbery

Organic farms give animals like pigs the freedom to enjoy a more natural life (Picture: Michael Urban/AFP via Getty Images)

“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man,” said Charles Darwin. Today is World Animal Day, a time to celebrate animals across the world, be they farmed, wild or companion animals.

Originally founded by writer and animal protection activist, Heinrich Zimmerman, author of Mensch und Hund (Man and Dog), the original World Animal Day was held on March 24, 1925, in the Sports Palace in Berlin, Germany, where it was attended by some 5,000 people.

Organisers had planned on October 4, but the Sport Palace, the only venue large enough to hold the thousands of visitors, was not available on that day! Even the best plans can fall foul of simple logistics.

Chief Executive of Compassion in World Farming