CCA Joins Coalition to Demand a Better Deal for Animals After Brexit

Sentience Event

CCA were one of 36 animal welfare organisations attending a Parliamentary Reception on 27th February to call on the government for a better deal for animals after Brexit.

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Michael Gove today addressed a Parliamentary reception calling for a #BetterDealForAnimals after Brexit but failed to introduce legislation despite over 50 MPs and Peers and 36 animal protection organisations pushing for action at the event.
As it stands, deal or no deal, animals will lose vital legal protections post-Brexit, unless Michael Gove introduces protections before departure from the EU. Alesha Dixon and animal welfare campaigners have launched a petition calling for immediate action.

Thirty-six welfare organisations [listed in Appendix 1 below] have come together to call for a law that will create a duty for all Ministers in the UK to fully regard animal welfare in policy-making and ensure that animal sentience laws are not weakened once we leave the EU.

A petition, hosted on the UK Government and Parliament website, launched today follows a major event in Parliament yesterday which saw 50 MPs and Peers attend to sign a pledge and back the #BetterDealForAnimals campaign. Attendees included Michael Gove, David Rutley, Zac Goldsmith and Sue Hayman.
Animal sentience is currently enshrined in EU law but has not been carried across into UK law. As Brexit fast approaches, the petition calls on the UK Government to ensure this will be explicitly enshrined in law and for any future legislation or government policy to fully consider its impact on the welfare of animals.
Sonul Badiani-Hamment, #BetterDealForAnimals event organiser and External Affairs Adviser for World Animal Protection said: “Whilst we welcome the many assurances from Government, and again today from Michael Gove at the reception, time is running out for animals and we need action now. Today was a missed opportunity for the Secretary of State who should have announced that he is enacting legislation without delay to stay true to his public commitments and protect animals post-Brexit. If he really wants the UK to be a world leader in animal welfare, it’s time to act before animals become victims of Brexit.”

A #BetterDealForAnimals spokesperson said: “A nation of animal lovers will not stand-by while our decision makers threaten animal protections. We must speak up for animals who can’t speak for themselves. With eighty six percent of the UK Government’s own voters saying they want animal welfare laws maintained or strengthened, Ministers must heed this message and live up to its promises to protect our treasured animals.

“Acknowledging in law that animals have the capacity to feel pain and suffering is vital to protect them.

“That is why we have launched a petition urging members of the public to put pressure on the governments in the UK to take action for animals. Yesterday’s event in Parliament was a great success and highlights the cross-party support in Westminster for the demand to fully recognise animal sentience in UK law before we leave the EU.”

This event was sponsored by Nic Dakin MP (Lab), Zac Goldsmith MP (Con), Tim Farron MP (Lib Dem), and Deidre Brock MP (SNP). Sue Hayman MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) addressed MPs and Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP gave the key note address. Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “Animals are sentient beings who feel pain and suffering, so it is absolutely right that we recognise this in UK law after we leave the EU.

“I was delighted to attend this important Parliamentary reception and hear from the many charities involved about how we can maintain and enhance our reputation as a leader on animal welfare.

“Our plans to increase protections for animals include raising the maximum sentence for animal cruelty from six months to five years and banning third-party sales of puppies and kittens. I will continue to make sure we have the strongest legal protections in place for our animals.”

Animal welfare organisations are also calling for a new independent Animal Welfare Advisory Council to provide advice to all government ministers at the UK and devolved level. This body would support governments in fulfilling their duties to animals, ensuring decisions are underpinned by the best scientific and ethics expertise.

You can support this campaign by signing the petition. Get involved in the online debate: #BetterDealForAnimals

Wim Dekok on ‘The History of World Animal Day’

AGM Wim 4

CCA were honoured to host international animal advocate Wim Dekok who spoke about ‘The History of World Animal Day’ at the CCA AGM held at the Brompton Oratory, Kensington on Saturday 17th November 2018.

Wim is the Co-founder and President of World Animal Net, based in Boston, USA. He is also former Director for Southeast Asia of Four Paws, Board member of the Species Survival Network (SSN), President Emeritus of the National Council for Animal Protection (NCAP) and board member of the European Alliance of Rescue Centres and Sanctuaries (EARS). His national work in the Netherlands included leading roles in farm animal welfare campaigns and the globally successful ‘No Fur’ campaign. Wim has helped to establish and grow many animal welfare organisations while focusing on building coalitions and networks.

Hundreds Attend the ASWA Memorial Service for Animals

11.11.18 Park Lane

Hundreds attended the War Memorial Service for Animals, organised by the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals (ASWA) at the Animals in War Memorial in London’s Park Lane on Sunday 11th November 2018 at 3.00pm.  The service was led by Rev. Helen Hall.  Many wreaths were laid including those by ASWA, CCA and the Animal Interfaith Alliance (AIA).

AIA wreath

Fr. Martin Henig read some of the prayers including the following intercession:

Father, we pray for all the animals, who have suffered in war as a direct result of armed conflict, we remember , in particular on this day, the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War, those killed in that conflict, while serving the aims of humans. Let us not forget our own sin, our own culpability in so often treating other animals with indifference and cruelty.
They could not choose:
Let us remember them.

Father, we remember the significant part that horses have played over the centuries in warfare; we remember how often they have been too often simply as part of the logistics and infrastructure of conflict, especially in the First World War when horses were taken from farms and paddocks where they were loved to share in the brutality of the Front. Let us remember how they loved life in all its variety, how their lives on this earth were more often than not shortened by warfare.
They could not choose:
Let us remember them.

Father, so many animals from elephants, camels and donkeys to dolphins and pigeons have served in human conflict. Many of them are figured on this beautiful memorial in Park Lane. You did not create them for this, but they were forced to take part, witnesses to human sin.
They could not choose:
Let us remember them.

Father, we pray for dogs, the oldest animal friends of humans, who have lived with us, shared our lives and our conflicts. We are grateful for the companionship they have given, not only in peacetime but in war to those serving far from home for whom they were a loving, loyal presence. We pray for Nowzad dogs, for the mission to befriend and to save, in which both soldiers and civilians have remembered and come to the aid of their canine friends.
They could not choose:
Let us remember them.

So many animals are killed as a result of habitat destruction in war and weapon training both on sea and on land. Like the heavy collateral damage suffered by civilians caught up in conflict, they too are victims of our wars, victims of our inability to live at peace with each other. We remember our broken promise to Almighty God be gentle stewards of creation and bring to our penitent minds how all creation is groaning for release. Father forgive!
They could not choose:
Let us remember them.

Heavenly Father, as we hear the Last Post sounding, may we recall those groans of creation and live in the hope that all flesh will be redeemed, on the day that swords will be beaten into ploughshares and spears into pruning hooks, and we will live at last at peace with all the other animals, those of the land, of the water and of the air, in the Heavenly Kingdom.
Amen.

A short period of reflection will follow.