Today is World Vegan Day and also the start of World Vegan Month 2017 which is strongly supported by CCA.
World Vegan Month is celebrated around the world and is a time for the whole of the world to appreciate and understand how much progress Veganism has made in recent years.
Veganism is not only a lifestyle choice in respect of diet but also is increasingly seen by many people as a philosophy which rejects the commodity status of animals.
Veganism is growing year on year and it is estimated that there are now over 1 Million Vegans in the USA alone of which over a third self identify as Christian and this is an encouraging statistic bearing in mind the tradition of meat eating in that country.
This is especially encouraging as the USA is the country with the fastest growing CCA activity in recent times.
CCA encourages everybody wherever they live in the world to try Veganism and a Vegan lifestyle during World Vegan Month and wishes everybody a very Happy World Vegan Day.
CCA is pleased to welcomes the decision of the UK Government to open consultation on a total ban of Ivory Sales in the UK. CCA has been campaigning on this issue for a long time and has recently had numerous articles published in the Catholic press and elsewhere on the subject.
We are particularly pleased at the role that CCA Patron Sir David Amess MP (pictured above) has played in securing this consultation and we know that he has been pressuring the Government on this issue including signing a letter from many senior Conservative MP’S to the Prime Minister only last week which seems to have been crucial in securing the consultation which has just been announced by DEFRA.
CCA will be watching the consultation process with great interest and only a total UK ban on Ivory sales as part of a larger worldwide ban will stop the massacre of Elephants in the wild for their tusks.
I am currently attending the superb Compassion for World Farming (CIWF) Conference in London entitled Extinction and Livestock.
One of the major themes of the Conference is how 21st Century industrial farming(amongst it’s other horrors) is also destroying natural habitats by growing feed products for factory farmed animals and this driving many species to the verge of extinction including the Sumatran elephant whose population has been devastated by the destruction of the natural environment by Palm oil production which includes the palm kernel which is rendered down for factory farm animal feed.
The Conference has a wide range of speakers but the highlight for me on the first day was the contribution of Neurologist and Public Health specialist, Aysha Akhtar and her message of the need for a Vegan/Vegetarian diet to solve the problems we and the planet are facing. Her message that we should treat Animals as “Who and not What” is one that CCA has been arguing for years and contrasted sharply with the contributions of even so called “enlightened, high welfare farmers” who continue to call the animals they work with as “products” and therefore no different in their eyes to any inanimate object such as a pen or any other item.
This contrast is indeed a critical one and shows in very simple and easy to understand terms the problems we continue to face in promoting Animal Welfare and Animal Rights