A coalition of groups have formed to urge the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) to end its animal donation program to honor its commitment to climate justice and animal justice before Sunday of the climate on September 5, during the season of creation from September 1 to October 4.
Interfaith Vegan Coalition, In Defense of Animals, Plant Based Treaty and Catholic Concern for Animals, among others, are challenging CAFOD to end its animal donation program after a whistleblower discovered that CAFOD was asking for money to replace goats that were unexpectedly eaten by recipients. On August 18, the coalition sent a letter to CAFOD and an article on 7 reasons not to “donate” animals.
In a parish in the Diocese of Lancaster, a CAFOD representative explained in an email to supporters last year that he had to buy more goats because some beneficiaries were eating them.
The coalition asked CAFOD how many goats had been eaten in this way and the number of times CAFOD had sent an extra goat because one had been eaten. In an email response on April 28, CAFOD’s Janine Corridan said, “Our policy is not to replace goats if the goat has been eaten.
“They’re not saying their policy is not to replace goats that have been eaten,” said Virginia Bell of Catholic Action for Animals. “There is a difference. What I want to know is do they have a specific written policy of not replacing goats that have been eaten? On the other hand, if it is their policy not to replace the goats eaten, so why did they go against that in Lancaster?”
The whistleblower told Bell that just before Christmas in 2021, a CAFOD representative explained in an email to supporters that CAFOD needed donations to buy more goats to replace those eaten by families. beneficiaries due to hunger.
“This makes a mockery of CAFOD’s claim that the practice of sending farm animals is sustainable,” said Lisa Levinson, co-founder of the cross-faith vegan coalition In Defense of Animals. “It’s time for CAFOD to realize that God loves all creatures, not just humans.
“As the rest of the world begins to understand that a shift from meat and dairy production and consumption to organic and plant-based production and consumption is needed to combat the climate crisis, CAFOD continues to promote the animal husbandry rather than being a leader in climate justice and ending their animal donation program,” said Anita Krajnc, Plant Treaty Global Campaigner.
“CAFOD says the goats are sent out to provide milk to the most marginalized people,” said Nicola Harris, communications director for the Plant Based Treaty. “These vulnerable animals are being sent to vulnerable people – is it any wonder things are going wrong? It is because of short-sighted business models like this that the planet is suffering from an environmental emergency today. Other charities demonstrate a responsible attitude towards the poor, animals and the environment, such as A Well Fed World, Food for Life Global, Fruit Tree Planting Foundation and International Fund for Africa, by providing food solutions herbal. CAFOD must change.
The World Land Trust calls animal donation programs “insanity…ecologically unsound and economically disastrous” and considers it “extremely irresponsible…to continue these programs…as a means of raising funds quickly.” for charity over the Christmas period. the World Land Trust, gift animals will intensify environmental problems in areas of drought and desertification.
“In two years, people who buy goats are living an even poorer lifestyle,” said Maneka Gandhi, India’s former minister of social welfare and animal protection. “A goat destroys the fertility of the land and any milk or excrement it may give is very little (in value) compared to the havoc it causes.” Gandhi also said, “A cow will drink up to 90 liters of water every day.”
Climate Sunday and the Season of Creation have been established to demonstrate our concern for all creation in prayer and action. To honor the Season of Creation, Pope Francis said: “Our common home, creation, is not just a ‘resource’. Creatures have value in themselves, and each in its own way reflects a ray of God’s infinite wisdom and goodness.
Excerpt from the prayers of Pope Francis at the end of his encyclical Laudato Si’:
1) Teach us to discover the value of everything, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are deeply united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.
2) Awaken our praise and gratitude for every being you have created.
3) Loving God, show us our place in this world as channels of your love for all creatures on this earth.
Several well-meaning organizations promote the sending of live farm animals as “gifts” intended to alleviate hunger and poverty in low-income countries. The real cost of sending a goat, cow, chicken or other livestock is environmental degradation, soil acidification, water contamination , air pollution, global deforestation, wildfires, extreme weather, flooding, zoonotic disease outbreaks, health issues such as diabetes, more community slaughterhouses, and even human trauma. childhood watching beloved animals get brutally butchered.
Last December, Dr Jane Goodall, along with fellow scientists, religious leaders and celebrities, urged global charities to end animal donations. Animal donation programs hurt recipients by imposing more mouths to feed in areas where food and water are often scarce. They also aggravate the climate crisis, diminish food stability, undermine sustainable development, contribute to animal suffering and have health effects by promoting unhealthy Western diets.