Good News from Malta

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I am delighted to report good news from Malta where a proposed cull of Pigeons has been cancelled after a public campaign supported by CCA and the Catholic Church on the island.

The plan had been to culls pigeon in Vittoriosa and this decision had been taken by the Vittoriosa local Council and the proposed cull was due to take place last week. However after a strong campaign of public protest against the proposals, the Maltese Government intervened to liaise with the council and agreed to help support other methods of trying to deal with the “perceived” problems that are claimed to be caused by the pigeons.

CCA strongly welcomes this last minute reprieve and I am delighted that CCA and the Church more generally played a part in this decision and I also had a talk and discussion with Marlene Mizzi MEP on the subject when we met in Brussels last week and she played a key part in the protest campaign.

However CCA will continue to monitor the situation on the island.

CCA/ASWA Award to Kirkham Prison

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It was  a great pleasure to take part in the annual CCA/ASWA Award ceremony in conjunction with the Ministry of Justice at Kirkham Prison on Friday.

The awards are give every year for the best Prison projects for the environment and animal welfare and all prisons are eligible to submit entries which are then visited and inspected by experts and  the winners are chosen.It is a great way to work with the natural world in the prison environments and for prisoners to learn about and make a great contribution to the natural environment around them and also to also gain skills ahead of their release.

Kirkham Prison which is the largest open prison in the country was a worthy overall winner.

Good News from China

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In a world where we get resigned to hearing bad news about the plight of the animal kingdom we have some good news from China today where Chinese ivory factories will close their doors and be shut down by the Chinese Government and all retail outlets will close by the end of this year.

This is a major step to stopping the appalling trade in ivory and the ivory trade in China seems to be collapsing as wholesale prices for a pair of tusks has fallen from an average of $2100 in early 2014 to $714 last month and this is in major part to the actions of the Chinese Government.

In a year when the new US President seems to be “taking aim” at animal welfare protection legislation and there is great uncertainty in the UK about animal legislation post leaving the European Union at least one major country seems to be taking some positive action for wildlife and deserves our support in this matter.

Vegan Sporting Prowess

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It is great to see how world class sportsmen and women are now demonstrating how a cruelty free diet improves their sporting performance.

The latest to attribute a Vegan diet to his ongoing success is 33 year old “veteran” England footballer Jermain Defoe who was recalled to the England team for the World Cup Qualifier against Lithuania after an absence of nearly four years and he celebrated with his 20th goal for his country.

After the match, Defoe went on record as saying that his switch to a Vegan diet has enabled him to stay fit and focused on his football career and he said

“I think I’ve managed [to adopt veganism] successfully. My girlfriend suggested I gave it a go. Well, she said to me: ‘You’ve got to do it’ and she’s always showing me documentaries on it. It’s always nice to have someone around you who helps you and drives you on and wants you to do well.”

There you have it then -Veganism works for top class athletes wanting to keep in shape and it can work for everyone and save animal lives at the same time.

 

 

Put Animals top for Lent

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Lent 2017 begins tomorrow on Ash Wednesday ,1st March 2017 and my question for today is what are YOU going to do for this Christian season of fasting, prayer and reflection?

I would like to make some suggestions and your response will probably vary depending on your current diet and work/support for animal creation:

  1. If you current eat meat and/or fish then turn Vegetarian for Lent.
  2. If you are currently Vegetarian then turn Vegan for Lent.
  3. If you currently follow a Vegan diet then look at all your other buying patterns to ensure that you do not purchase any animal products in other ways.

All and indeed any of the above would be good not only for the animal creation but also for your own health and spiritual needs.

Lent is also an almsgiving period and as a Catholic Charity, we are always at Catholic Concern for Animals in need of donations from CCA members and supporters and Lent is a good time to consider donating to the work of CCA and donations can be made via the Charity Choice button on the Home Page of the CCA Website.

Whatever you decide to do for Lent may I wish everyone a happy, thoughtful and successful Lenten period

Hands across the Water

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I was delighted to meet Dr Bernie Unti during my visit to Humane Society of the Unites States recently.

Bernie is the Senior Policy Adviser and Special Assistant to the President and CEO of HSUS and as well as charing the meeting for my presentation with his HSUS colleagues, Bernie and I had the opportunity to discuss various important Animal Welfare/Animal Protection issues outside of the formal meeting session.

I was thrilled and delighted when Bernie presented me with an ARK themed tie which is absolutely wonderful and which I will now wear with pride when giving presentations for CCA.

Many thanks Bernie and the tie will be a real and visual sign of the links between CCA and HSUS going forward.

CCA and Humane Society of the United States

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I was delighted to be invited to present to the Humane Society of the United States on the work of CCA during my visit to Washington.

HSUS has a long and proud tradition of advocating for and protecting animals throughout the length and breadth of the US for over half a century.

I was able to explain the work of CCA throughout the world and the history of Animal Welfare in the Catholic Church to a room of senior HSUS staff and also by telephone link to their colleagues in Regional HSUS offices throughout the country and then take a Question and Answer session following my presentation. I was able to explain to HSUS colleagues how CCA plans to work more vigorously in the USA in the future based on the writings of Pope Francis in his Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si’.

I am looking forward to closer cooperation between CCA and HSUS in the months and years to come for the benefit of all animals both in the US and also further afield.