The Catechism of the Catholic Church (n. 2416) tells us that “Animals are God’s creatures. By their mere existence they bless Him and give Him glory. Thus men owe them kindness.” God created the earth and all that lives on it, and is calling human beings to cherish and care for all of this creation. Catholic Concern for Animals (CCA) exists to help all people of faith, and Catholics in particular, to realise this vocation. To this end, CCA works through publications, especially its magazine The Ark. It conducts research into church teaching and tradition, as well as advocacy, educational and spiritual activities, and it is sustained by personal witness. CCA also offers practical support for small sanctuaries through its Phyllis Mary Trust.
From a small group of people, including clergy and religious women and men, who met for the first time in London in 1929, CCA has grown into a world-wide non-profit organisation with branches and collaborations in many countries, as well as partnerships with several faith-based organisations and political groups. Through its work, CCA has influenced policy, the media and public opinion to help change the way in which animals are seen and treated in human society.
In 2019, CCA has celebrated its 90th anniversary by producing a publication that commemorates its history and all those who have enabled the charity to continue to work to improve the relation between humans and the animal creation.
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