African Elephant Crisis Update

IFAW-Stop The Ivory Trade

The crisis facing the African Elephant is unfortunately not improving and CCA have been working with partner Animal Welfare organisations on trying to end the horrendous Ivory Trade for many years.

I was therefore delighted to support our colleagues at IFAW by representing CCA at a launch of a new research document on the problem held at the Houses of Parliament last week,  IFAW was asking UK Members of Parliament to sign an Early Day Motion asking for the UK Government to close down the UK Ivory Market and CCA support this excellent initiative.

The document and related research shows that scientists estimate that poachers killed 100,000 elephants between 2010 and 2012 at an average rate of one elephant killed every 15 minutes. This appalling massacre is fuelled simply and solely by consumer demand for Ivory from the elephants tusks and the latest Great Elephant Census published last year shows a 30% decline in elephant numbers form the last census which was only taken just seven years previously.

The elephant is facing extinction if the Ivory Trade is not stopped.

CCA will therefore increase its efforts to educate and inform on this matter throughout the world and we re-iterate our call for a total worldwide ban on the sale of Ivory as soon as possible.

CCA St Francis Award

St Francis Award


The presentation of the inaugural St Francis Award by Catholic Concern for Animals was made to Joyce D’Silva at the CCA Retreat at Holland House earlier this week.

Joyce who is currently the Ambassador for Compassion in World Farming and was CIWF’s Chief Executive from 1991-2005 was the unanimous choice of the CCA Trustee Board to receive the inaugural award and indeed she was chosen “by acclamation”.

Joyce’s work over many,many years on behalf of animals is an inspiration to us all and we were very pleased that Joyce could join us at our Annual Retreat to be presented with the Award by CCA Chair Judy Gibbons and then delighted that she gave us a short talk afterward including informing attendees of some of her and CIWF’s work over the years including the incredibly important success in getting animals officially recognised as “sentient beings” by the European Union which was the basis for much of the later enacted pro-animal European Union wide legislation and this subject matter is very topical currently as the UK seeks to leave the EU and negotiates BREXIT.