CCA and Veganism


One of the main approaches that CCA take in the support of the care of all God’s creation is the promotion of an animal cruelty free diet. We promote vegetarian and vegan diets as a mainstay of our work and I have given interviews and talks where this aspect of CCA thought is a central theme.

Vegetarianism has become more widely catered for and accepted in modern society, although there is still a long way to go, however veganism is still much less understood and catered for in supermarkets, restaurants, and in daily life,etc.

It is with great interest and pleasure then that I note that an active and long standing vegan, Kerry McCarthy MP has been appointed to the very high public office of Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.  I understand that she was the very first vegan ever elected to the House of Commons when she won the seat of Bristol East in 2005 and she has previously set out the case in Parliament for converting to veganism on World Vegan Day in 2011.

CCA are aware that she has a very strong record on Animal Welfare issues and we would like to congratulate her on her promotion to her new role.

Wonder of the Internet and Laudato Si

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I am often surprised and delighted (and sometimes worried) about the wonder of the Internet.

The opportunities it gives to communicate with people far way and in real-time is one of the great things of our age, although keeping up to date with the new developments of this technological marvel is a challenge to all of us.

i recently had the great pleasure of speaking to a group of Catholic Animal Welfare supporters in the USA who had contacted CCA through our website and I spoke to them and answered questions on Animal Welfare aspects of Laudato Si, this sort of instant communication is now available to most of the population where it was once the privilege of a rarefied few.

I have also been able to send PDF versions of the special new Laudato Si edition of The Ark to our new American friends and they have given me instant feedback that they think it is a great members magazine.

I hope to have many such wonderful experiences and please get in touch wherever you are in the world if you want me to talk to your animal welfare group via the web or if you want us to send you a PDF copy of The Ark by e-mail.

CCA Founder Member of the Animal Interfaith Alliance

AIA Logo GreenCCA is a founder member of the Animal Interfaith Alliance (AIA), whose mission is to create a united voice for animals from all of the world’s faiths and spiritual beliefs, based on their founders’ teachings.  Other members include the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals (ASWA), the Christian Vegetarian Association of the US (CVA US), the Christian Vegetarian Association of the UK (CVA UK), The Institute of Jainology (IoJ), the Oshwal Association of the UK (OAUK), Quaker Concern for Animals (QCA) and the Sadhu Vaswani Centre.

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World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

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I was delighted to attend and represent Catholic Concern for Animals at a meditation for the above at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in Central London this afternoon. I was joined by Rev Feargus O’Connor, Chair of the Animal Interfaith Alliance and also many other individuals of all faiths and none.

The World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation is an initiative of Pope Francis in support of his new Encyclical letter on the Environment-Laudato Si. A reading from the Encyclical formed part of the meditation session and it was very heartening to see the use of the Encyclical in practice. The Encyclical has grabbed the attention of the world both within and without the Catholic Church and has put the care, love and support for all animals both great and small at the centre of Catholic understanding of God’s creation and the need to consider the issues of Climate Change and Global warming on all creatures and other aspects of creation and not just take a human centric view of the world that has hitherto been the case for many commentators and interested organisations and individuals.

Badger and Seagull Culls

I am very dismayed that we have recently seen announcements for more unneeded culling in the UK.

The UK Government have indicated that three new Badger culls will take place this year including  in a new area of Dorset.

Catholic Concern for Animals have always opposed such culls and believe that vaccination is the way forward in dealing with the issue of TB in cattle-we continue to believe that and will oppose these new culls.


CCA are also very concerned and dismayed that Natural England has given permission for the residents of Scarborough to cull lesser black-headed gulls. This is a very negative move and we fear is totally wrong as it seems to imply that the public at large can now go around destroying innocent and previousy protected wildlife.

We will make representations against this move and work with like-minded individuals and organisations to educate the public against such unwarranted destruction of wild birds.