What will Brexit mean for Animal Welfare? Chris Fegan Explains

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At the moment it is hard to know what Brexit will mean for animal welfare.  But animal advocates need to know.  CCA Chief Executive and member of the Eurogroup for Animals working group on Brexit, Chris Fegan, answers many of the questions at 2.00pm at Brompton Oratory on Saturday 24th November 2018. All welcome.

The talk will be followed by the AIA AGM at 3.00 pm which is open to all member organisations and AIA ‘Friends’.

Wim Dekok on ‘The History of World Animal Day’

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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

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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, AIA and CCA.

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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.

A short period of reflection will follow.

All Welcome to QCA’s Inter-Species Meeting for Worship

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Quaker Concern for Animals are organising an exciting event in collaboration with the Retreat Animal Sanctuary in Kent on Sunday 21st October. We will be having a silent Meeting for Worship in the sanctuary alongside its animal residents. The aim of this project is to encourage thought and reflection about the role that non-human animals can play in our spiritual and ethical communities.

Further details here:

First Interfaith Celebration for Animals in Manchester

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The first interfaith service for animals in Manchester was held at Cross Street Unitarian Chapel, Manchester on Sunday 30th September, based on the original interfaith celebrations for animals started by Rev. Feargus O’Connor at Golders Green Unitarians in London.

Representatives from eight of the major world faiths spoke about their religion’s teachings on animals. It was amazing: the speakers (in order of speaking) were Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Unitarian, Sikh, Quaker, Jain and Buddhist, and yet the message was basically the same – treat animals (and of course all beings) with kindness and compassion.

The main speaker, from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), gave an inspirational talk about the work of IFAW, in particular in Africa where the organisation is devoting its efforts to the fight against the elephant poachers. IFAW have also established sanctuaries to raise the young elephants rendered motherless by these poachers.

Afterwards everyone tucked into vegan refreshments, sponsored by local and national organisations. One young visitor was heard saying gleefully, I didn’t realise that vegan food could taste so good!

The event was deemed a great success, many of those attending saying how wonderful it was to get together with people of other faiths, all having similar beliefs and all working towards the eradication of cruelty and the promotion of compassion.

(Sonia Waddell)