CCA presented its annual awards at the Rembrandt Hotel, Kensington on 2nd November 2019. The awards honour exceptional individuals whose work and life choices have made outstanding contributions towards improving animals’ welfare and status in society.
The St Francis Award, which recognises individuals who have dedicated their lives to helping animals, went to Rev. Christa Blanke. She is the founder of Animals’ Angels, an organisation that monitors and reports on conditions in animal transport and slaughter across Europe and beyond and which fights to improve conditions for animals. She also accompanies animals on their last journey.
The St Hubert Award went to former beef farmers Jay and Katja Wilde. This award recognises individuals who have given up activities that exploit animals to become examples of and advocates for compassionate living. No longer able to bear sending the animals they had been rearing and caring for to a terrifying death, the Wildes gave up beef farming to set up a vegan organic farm. Rather than selling their last heard for a very substantial profit, Jay and Katja gave them to Hillside Animal Sanctuary, allowing them to live out a happy life together.
The prestigious awards were presented on CCA’s behalf by the charity’s Chair Dr Clara Mancini during the ceremony that included the showing of films documenting the work and life of the award recipients – ‘Animals’ Angels Field Experience 2007-2017′ and BAFTA winner ’73 Cows’.