Put Animals top for Lent


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…

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Hands across the Water


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.

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CCA and Humane Society of the United States


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…

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