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Catholic Concern for Animals
Selections From The Ark Number 212 - Summer 2009
PRINCE CHARLES has given the people of the world one hundred
months, or – at the most – ten years, to save the planet. If nothing is done, he
maintains (with expert advisers behind him) that the damage we are doing to it
will be irretrievable, with accelerated climate change, rain-forest destruction,
and the annihilation of millions of species of animal – insects, birds, fish,
mammals, reptiles – including the necessary microscopic soil and water species
that provide vital sustenance for others. The environment has never before been
put on red alert in the way it is today.
Thank goodness there are voices like the Prince’s – and Mark Dowd’s, of
Operation Noah – being heard by more and more people. And let us hope that
solutions to the present world-wide economic recession will take them into
account. If not, the prospect looks grim, and future generations will not
forgive the unbridled selfishness of our generation, if it is not checked.
Ten years for CCA
In the same time-frame – ten years, what will Catholic Concern for Animals hope
to have achieved? Surely nothing less than a conversion of heart by millions of
Catholics and other Christians worldwide towards a deeper and more respectful
consideration for animals.
We hope, along with all the secular organisations working towards better
conditions for animals, that all the humane targets will have been reached – for
laboratory animals, for farm animals, for companion animals, for wild animals,
and for all the others.
But what do we also hope for as a specifically faith-based organisation?
Obviously, mainly that of influencing and persuading millions of
fellow-Catholics – for which we need lots of new members, as word of mouth is by
far the best way of encouraging others. All parishes, we hope, would be
environmentally aware, would welcome dogs in church, and provide vegetarian
catering at all social functions. From our priests we would hope to be hearing
homilies, talks and prayers on our responsibilities to all God’s creatures. In
our schools, colleges and seminaries we would hope to see pro-animal theology on
their syllabuses. From the hierarchy we would hope to have support for services
and prayers for animals (to include provision for those bereaved of animal
companions), and, from the Pope, an uncompromisingly pro-animal encyclical, as
well as radical amendments to the present Catechism, paras 2415-2418.
This is our goal for the next ten years: impossible by human efforts alone – but
entirely achievable with the grace of God, whose creation it is.
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