The American Kennel Club has granted full recognition to the Azawakh, an ancient hunting sighthound from West Africa.
The new addition to the AKC registry became eligible to compete in its group on Jan. 1.
“We’re excited to have the Azawakh join the AKC family,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. “This wonderful breed has been around for thousands of years, and we’re happy to introduce it to dog lovers in this country. As with any breed, it’s important to do research and find the right one to fit your lifestyle.”
The Azawakh joins the Hound Group. The breed originated as a guardian, hunter and companion to nomads, AKC explains in a press release. The dogs would hunt hare, antelope and wild boar, and they are known to be tough, durable and fast.
AKC noted: “The Azawakh is leggy and elegant-looking, with a short, fine coat that needs occasional brushing. They are relatively calm dogs indoors but have tremendous energy and endurance outside and must have regular exercise. Azawakhs bond strongly with their owners and are affectionate, playful companions. They can be aloof towards strangers.”
The Florida Aquarium is encouraging people going to Gasparilla parades this year to protect the environment and recycle their beads.
“Beads that end up in the bay can be harmful to the environment and the marine life that call the bay home,” said The Florida Aquarium President and CEO Roger Germann. “So we encourage people attending the parades to be careful and keep their beads out of the bay.”
To help inspire people to be environmentally responsible, The Florida Aquarium is offering discounted and free admission to those who bring their beads to the aquarium.
As part of its “Keep the Beads Out of the Bay” promotion anyone who brings 10 pounds of beads to the aquarium will receive $10 off one general admission ticket. Those who bring 30 pounds or more will get free admission.
The offer runs through January 27th.
The Children’s Gasparilla Parade is Saturday in Tampa, the annual MLK Day parades in Tampa and St. Petersburg are on Monday and the annual Gasparilla Pirate Fest is on January 26th this year.
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An undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International revealed dozens of items made from imperiled wildlife for sale last week at the Safari Club International convention in Reno, Nevada. These items included elephant skin furniture, paintings on elephant ears, hippo skulls and teeth, and stingray skin belts. SCI is one of the world’s largest trophy hunting advocacy groups. Offering these items for sale likely violates Nevada state law on wildlife trafficking, and HSUS and HSI have reported their findings to enforcement authorities. The investigation also found that canned lion hunts, the sale of which SCI banned at its conventions as of February 4, 2018, were easily available for purchase in Reno last week.
Kitty Block, acting president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and president of Humane Society International, said: “The world’s leading trophy hunting industry group is apparently promoting, enabling, and profiting from the illegal wildlife trade and unethical hunting practices. Conservation laws and hunting ethics are thrown out the window by SCI when financial profit is involved, driving iconic wildlife such as African elephants toward extinction. It’s an elitist hobby of the 1 percent, and there is no place for trophy hunting in today’s world.” As of January 1, 2018, it is unlawful for any person within the state of Nevada to “purchase, sell, offer for sale or possess with intent to sell any item that it, wholly, or partially, made of an animal part or byproduct derived from a shark fin, a lion of the species Panthera leo or any species of elephant, rhinoceros, tiger, leopard, cheetah, jaguar, pangolin, sea turtle, ray, mammoth, narwhal, walrus or hippopotamus.” Nev. Rev. Stat. § 597.905.
Investigators also found “canned” lion hunts for sale, in which customers can pay to shoot a captive-bred African lion in an enclosed area from which it cannot escape. Canned hunts are internationally scorned, and SCI claims that it does not allow such lion hunts to be sold at its conventions. Yet vendors, in an attempt to attract bookings of such hunts, showed investigators sample pictures of types of lions that may be killed, priced according to the age and size of the animal and his mane. One conference attendee told the investigators that he and his children participated in a canned hunt, killing “their” lion within 90 minutes. Canned hunt operators described baiting lions with meat, which they said they could do ahead of a trophy hunter’s arrival, to save time. One canned hunt operator told investigators if they wanted to kill a really big lion, he could special order one.
The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International are releasing their investigation while the Dallas Safari Club convention is underway in Dallas, Texas. While Texas does not have the same laws prohibiting the sale of wildlife products as Nevada, the Dallas Safari Club has stated that it too opposes captive bred lion hunting. At least six exhibitors selling canned lion hunts at the SCI convention are also at the DSC convention. These include De Klerk Safaris, whose representatives told investigators that they buy lions from breeders and could special order a really big lion, and Mabula Pro Safaris, whose representative told investigators that they are the biggest breeder of lions in South Africa. The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International submitted its findings in writing to the Nevada Department of Wildlife, requesting investigation and enforcement of Nevada law. Any person who violates this law is guilty of a gross misdemeanor for the first offense, a category E felony for a second offense, and a category D felony for a third offense, in addition to civil penalties of up to $6,500.-----------------------------------------------------------
Since 1984, residents of Moose Jaw have had one big thing about which they could boast: Mac the Moose.
The Canadian city was long the proud owner of the world's tallest moose statue, a 9.75m (32-foot) steel-framed creature, covered with metal mesh and cement.
But a few years ago, a slightly taller moose statue was erected in Norway, beating Mac's record by some 30cm.
Now, Moose Jaw has launched a campaign to reclaim the crown.
"We're considered to be very mannerly and respectful, but there are things you just don't do to Canadians," Fraser Tolmie, mayor of the prairie town, told the BBC.
"You don't mess with Mac the Moose."
Norway's Storelgen, or "Big Moose", stands on a highway partway between Norway's capital of Oslo and the city of Trondheim.
It was built in 2015 by artist Linda Bakke in partnership with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration in an effort to reduce traffic accidents.
According to an article that appeared in the Daily Scandinavian, Ms Bakke felt it was "important that the elk was made higher than Mac the Moose".
Mr Tolmie was recently alerted to the loss of the crown by Saskatchewan YouTubers Justin and Greg, who posted a video in January urging the city to add 31cm to Mac or to rename the city simply "Jaw".
The mayor said the city has since fielded a number of suggestions from residents on how to add to Mac's height.
"There's even been a suggestion about stilettos," he said, but noted the most popular suggestion so far has been to "give Mac a bigger rack" of antlers.
The city's tourism department claims Mac remains one of the most photographed roadside attractions in Canada.
A woman has been mauled to death by a pet crocodile in its enclosure on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
Deasy Tuwo, 44, had reportedly been feeding the crocodile at the pearl farm where she worked, and where the animal was being kept illegally.
The 700kg crocodile, named Merry, is thought to have bitten off her arm and most of her abdomen.
The reptile has been relocated to a conservation site while authorities look for its owner.
Deasy Tuwo was attacked while feeding the crocodile at pearl farm
Ms Tuwo was head of the laboratory at the pearl farm and was feeding Merry when she was killed.
Some reports say that the crocodile dragged her into the enclosure but local conservation agency officials believe she fell in.
Her colleagues discovered her body the next morning.
The crocodile was sedated to be removed from its enclosure and taken to a conservation centre
Hendriks Rundengan from the North Sulawesi Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) told BBC Indonesian that officials had tried to visit the facility several times in the past to remove the crocodile but had not been allowed in.
"We've come here a few times but the fences are always locked," he said in an interview on Wednesday.
According to AFP, authorities believe Ms Tuwo's body parts may still be inside the 4.4m-long crocodile.
Police are now trying to track down a Japanese national who owns both the farm and the crocodile.
Media captionThe man who keeps dozens of crocodiles in his back garden
The Indonesian archipelago is home to several species of crocodile that regularly attack and kill humans, AFP reports.
In April 2016, a Russian tourist was killed by a crocodile on the Raja Ampat islands, a popular diving site in the east of the archipelago, it says.
Worldwide, crocodiles are estimated to kill about 1,000 humans per year, many more than sharks.
Crocodiles do not necessarily set out to hunt humans, but they are opportunistic killers.