National Feral Cat Day 2016-16th October 2016

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CCA strongly agrees with the viewpoint that all animals deserve support, care and consideration and we have for many years been long time advocates and supporters of Feral cats and indeed we fully support charities across the globe who take direct action in supporting these animals.

I am delighted to therefore lend our full support and to give publicity to National Feral Cat Day which is the brainchild of Alley Cat Allies in the United States who founded National Feral Cat Day in 2001 and the theme for this year is “All Cats All Communities”.

I am in Malta in the days leading up to National Feral Cat Day this year on CCA business and will be meeting with CCA Members and supporters including visiting local Maltese Cat projects which CCA is supporting which include feral cat programmes.

 

Animal Welfare and Individual Responsibility

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Who is responsible?

 

I am often asked what can be done to stop this or what can be done to end that?

What is the Catholic Church doing about X or what is the Pope saying about Y.

All of these are valid questions and deserve answers which I try to give as best I can in any given situation.

However we can all do our bit great or small for Animal Welfare every day by our personal behaviour and actions, whether it is our diet, our wider consumer choices or just be giving an example to others by our care for the animal kingdom and all God’s creation.

All of this can, should and must  be done as well as more obvious actions like protesting against the cruelty of other humans and their bad actions against animals-although of course there is plenty of human neglect and cruelty to animals around the world about which we need to educate,complain and protest against.

Therefore I leave with a question of my own for a change:

What have YOU done for animals today?

 

 

Saints who love Animals Feast Days St Ciaran-9th September

St Ciaran and the Animals

St Ciaran of Ireland (516 AD – 544AD) was converted to the Christian faith by St Patrick and began to preach to the Irish people, who were then mostly pagans. One day, feeling the need for a period of quiet, Ciaran went to a lonely woodland district and started to build himself a cell.  Sitting down by a tree, he noticed a fierce looking boar.  Ciaran spoke gently to the boar calling him ‘Brother Boar’, as he treated all animals as his brother and sister.  The boar realised that Ciaran was a friend and not a foe and so he helped Ciaran to build his cell, tearing down strong branches with his teeth and bringing them to Ciaran.  When the cell was finished the boar stayed with Ciaran and soon many other animals joined them, including a wolf, a fox, a badger, a deer and many birds. Ciaran called them all the first brother monks of his little monastery.  Later, as people joined them and Ciaran started a larger monastery, he never forgot his animal friends who continued to live with him.