New Category : Animals/Pets

Jimmy’s Wines & Spirits & Tito’s Handmade Vodka Renew Their Commitment to Baark’s Cause

Wed, Nov 15th 2023, 09:41 AM

In a continuing commitment to supporting animal welfare in New Providence, Tito's Handmade Vodka and its distributor Jimmy’s Wines & Spirits have renewed their support of The Bahamas Alliance for Animal Rights & Kindness (Baark). As a global brand, Tito’s is widely recognized not only for the quality of its vodka but also for its strong focus on corporate responsibility and philanthropy, especially in support of efforts tied to animal well-being.

Most recently, the company donated to the Baark team during a special ceremony held at the NGO’s New Providence Headquarters.

“Through our global Vodka for Dog People program, we’re proud to recognize and assist organizations that are working to help better the lives of pets and animals around the world,” said John McDonnell, Managing Director, International, at Tito’s Handmade Vodka. “We’re honored to continue our support of The Bahamas Alliance for Animal Rights & Kindness, and the important work they do throughout the Bahamas.”

Since 2009, Baark’s mission has been to save animal lives and end animal suffering. The organization’s spay/neuter and educational programs have worked to reduce the homeless animal population and end the unfortunate suffering of cats and dogs across the island and the country. Now, for another consecutive year, the partnership with Tito’s is again opening the door to further advancing those efforts. “This effort with Tito’s Handmade Vodka has helped fund core elements of our work including our mobile clinic which allows us to carry out spay and neuter procedures in areas that have the highest density of displaced and homeless cats and dogs,” said Baark Chairman Laura Kimble.

The recently donated funds will be used toward the expansion of the NGO’s Operation Potcake initiative in 2024. Established in 2012, Operation Potcake is a coalition of The Bahamas Humane Society, Baark!, Animal Balance, the Veterinary Medical Association of The Bahamas, and the Ministry of Agriculture,” Kimble explained. Its mission: to carry out an aggressive spay and neuter program designed to reduce the stray animal population across the island of New Providence.

For more than a decade now, Baark! has worked to spay and neuter nearly 30,000 dogs and cats, with more than 6,000 of those since April 2022. “Already this year, we’ve carried out more than 2,000 spays and neuters and we’re looking forward to building on that success in 2024,” added Kimble.

From January 18-28, 2024, Operation Potcake will work to spay/neuter as many as 3,000 dogs and cats in New Providence to help reduce the number of unwanted animals suffering in The Bahamas. Persons interested in supporting Baark’s ongoing efforts are asked to visit www.baarkbahamas.com or www.operationpotcake.com for details on where to donate or volunteer.

In a continuing commitment to supporting animal welfare in New Providence, Tito's Handmade Vodka and its distributor Jimmy’s Wines & Spirits have renewed their support of The Bahamas Alliance for Animal Rights & Kindness (Baark). As a global brand, Tito’s is widely recognized not only for the quality of its vodka but also for its strong focus on corporate responsibility and philanthropy, especially in support of efforts tied to animal well-being. Most recently, the company donated to the Baark team during a special ceremony held at the NGO’s New Providence Headquarters. “Through our global Vodka for Dog People program, we’re proud to recognize and assist organizations that are working to help better the lives of pets and animals around the world,” said John McDonnell, Managing Director, International, at Tito’s Handmade Vodka. “We’re honored to continue our support of The Bahamas Alliance for Animal Rights & Kindness, and the important work they do throughout the Bahamas.” Since 2009, Baark’s mission has been to save animal lives and end animal suffering. The organization’s spay/neuter and educational programs have worked to reduce the homeless animal population and end the unfortunate suffering of cats and dogs across the island and the country. Now, for another consecutive year, the partnership with Tito’s is again opening the door to further advancing those efforts. “This effort with Tito’s Handmade Vodka has helped fund core elements of our work including our mobile clinic which allows us to carry out spay and neuter procedures in areas that have the highest density of displaced and homeless cats and dogs,” said Baark Chairman Laura Kimble. The recently donated funds will be used toward the expansion of the NGO’s Operation Potcake initiative in 2024. Established in 2012, Operation Potcake is a coalition of The Bahamas Humane Society, Baark!, Animal Balance, the Veterinary Medical Association of The Bahamas, and the Ministry of Agriculture,” Kimble explained. Its mission: to carry out an aggressive spay and neuter program designed to reduce the stray animal population across the island of New Providence. For more than a decade now, Baark! has worked to spay and neuter nearly 30,000 dogs and cats, with more than 6,000 of those since April 2022. “Already this year, we’ve carried out more than 2,000 spays and neuters and we’re looking forward to building on that success in 2024,” added Kimble. From January 18-28, 2024, Operation Potcake will work to spay/neuter as many as 3,000 dogs and cats in New Providence to help reduce the number of unwanted animals suffering in The Bahamas. Persons interested in supporting Baark’s ongoing efforts are asked to visit www.baarkbahamas.com or www.operationpotcake.com for details on where to donate or volunteer.

Department Of Marine Resources Opening Of The 2023/2024 Crawfish Season

Wed, Jul 26th 2023, 01:07 PM

The Department of Marine Resources takes this opportunity to advise the public that the crawfish season opens on Tuesday 1st August 2023 and closes Sunday 31st March 2024.

The public is reminded regarding the following:

1. The legal measurement for whole crawfish is a carapace (jacket) length of 3¼ inches and when the tail is separated, a tail length of 5½ inches.

2. Those persons wishing to harvest crawfish are required to have a crawfish measuring gauge in their possession.

3. Possession of dishwashing liquid, bleach, or other noxious substance aboard any vessel while fishing is unlawful without first obtaining a permit authorizing such possession; and

4. A permit is required for the use of the air compressor or crawfish traps to aid in fishing.

The public is also reminded about the most recent fisheries fees amendments to the Fisheries (Jurisdiction and Conservation) Regulations that came into effect on the 1st July 2023. Some of the more notable changes for fishers include the following:

1. Permit to trap crawfish - $50.00.

2. Permit to use a compressor - $30.00.

3. Commercial Fishing License:

i. 15 ft. up to 39 ft. - $100.00

ii. 39½ ft. up to 78½ ft. - $200.00

iii. 79 ft. and above - $250.00

Fishers are also reminded of the following:

1. The requirement that all vessels being 15 ft. or larger in length that are engaged in commercial fishing be licensed by the Department of Marine Resources to be so engaged. Application forms may be obtained at any of the department’s offices in New Providence and the Family Islands. Applicants should ensure that their vessels have been licensed by the Port Department, and that they possess a valid Business License.

2. Fishers are also reminded they can apply online via The Bahamas Government’s MyGateway platform and pay utilizing a Credit or Debit Card for any of the services required inclusive of crawfish trapping permits (new or renewal), permit to use a compressor (new or renewal), commercial fishing license (new or renewal), etc.;

3. The prohibition of foreign employment in any form aboard a licensed Bahamian commercial fishing vessel; and

4. The catching, selling or purchasing of undersize or berried crawfish is illegal.

The Department of Marine Resources further reminds the public that only those vessels owned by Bahamian citizens that are resident within the country can legally engage in commercial fishing exercises.

The cooperation of all persons engaged in fishing is requested regarding safeguarding the sustainability of our resources.

For further information, please contact the department via tel. nos.: (242) 393 1777 or (242) 393 1014/5

The Department of Marine Resources takes this opportunity to advise the public that the crawfish season opens on Tuesday 1st August 2023 and closes Sunday 31st March 2024. The public is reminded regarding the following: 1. The legal measurement for whole crawfish is a carapace (jacket) length of 3¼ inches and when the tail is separated, a tail length of 5½ inches. 2. Those persons wishing to harvest crawfish are required to have a crawfish measuring gauge in their possession. 3. Possession of dishwashing liquid, bleach, or other noxious substance aboard any vessel while fishing is unlawful without first obtaining a permit authorizing such possession; and 4. A permit is required for the use of the air compressor or crawfish traps to aid in fishing. The public is also reminded about the most recent fisheries fees amendments to the Fisheries (Jurisdiction and Conservation) Regulations that came into effect on the 1st July 2023. Some of the more notable changes for fishers include the following: 1. Permit to trap crawfish - $50.00. 2. Permit to use a compressor - $30.00. 3. Commercial Fishing License: i. 15 ft. up to 39 ft. - $100.00 ii. 39½ ft. up to 78½ ft. - $200.00 iii. 79 ft. and above - $250.00 Fishers are also reminded of the following: 1. The requirement that all vessels being 15 ft. or larger in length that are engaged in commercial fishing be licensed by the Department of Marine Resources to be so engaged. Application forms may be obtained at any of the department’s offices in New Providence and the Family Islands. Applicants should ensure that their vessels have been licensed by the Port Department, and that they possess a valid Business License. 2. Fishers are also reminded they can apply online via The Bahamas Government’s MyGateway platform and pay utilizing a Credit or Debit Card for any of the services required inclusive of crawfish trapping permits (new or renewal), permit to use a compressor (new or renewal), commercial fishing license (new or renewal), etc.; 3. The prohibition of foreign employment in any form aboard a licensed Bahamian commercial fishing vessel; and 4. The catching, selling or purchasing of undersize or berried crawfish is illegal. The Department of Marine Resources further reminds the public that only those vessels owned by Bahamian citizens that are resident within the country can legally engage in commercial fishing exercises. The cooperation of all persons engaged in fishing is requested regarding safeguarding the sustainability of our resources. For further information, please contact the department via tel. nos.: (242) 393 1777 or (242) 393 1014/5

Groundbreaking ceremony for Golden Yolk Egg Production Project

Wed, Mar 1st 2023, 10:06 AM

The Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs, with Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC), Golden Yolk, and other stakeholders held groundbreaking ceremonies for a farming initiative designed to attain national self-sufficiency in egg production.  The 'Golden Yolk' egg production project will ultimately improve food security, lower import costs, assist farmers and increase employment opportunities.  The groundbreaking took place Monday, February 27, 2023 at Gladstone Road Agricultural Centre (GRAC).

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Philip Davis headed the list of dignitaries and participants.  Also present were the Hon. Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments, and Aviation; and Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs the Hon. Clay Sweeting who gave an address.

In his remarks, Minister Sweeting said through the Ministry's partnership with BAIC, the project will usher the “revival” of egg production in the nation.

He described the initiative as a “contract agreement between farmers and the special purpose vehicle.”

He said, “Firstly, the project will see the construction of seven grow houses on New Providence that are turnkey operations. The special purpose vehicle will provide the building, the layers, vet services and other inputs. The contracted farmer will monitor and care for the investment.  Upon production, the contracted farmer will sell all the eggs to the special purpose vehicle, who will deduct the cost of the inputs and pay profits to the farmer.

"The special purpose vehicle will sell the eggs to the wholesalers for distribution on every food store shelf throughout the country.”

In the second phase, there will be 15 grow houses in the south and central Bahamas, 23 grow houses in the northern Bahamas in phase 3 for a total of 38 houses in 12 Family Islands. He said egg production will grow from 700,000 to 28 million per year.

“A project of this magnitude will ensure that the eggs produced will completely reduce the reliance on imports. The Golden Yolk will have an immediate national economic impact, not just on food security, but on growing the economy.”

Minister Sweeting said through the initiative, an energy efficient, semi-automated, easy to maintain, climate smart poultry house will be constructed at GRAC.

He acknowledged BAIC's Chairman, Leroy Major and the team at BAIC for their work in bringing the project to fruition.

Chairman Major said the aim of the Golden Yolk Egg Production Project is to promote the production and sale of quality and affordable eggs, reduce the import of eggs and make the Bahamas self-sufficient in eggs in the next 18 months.

He informed that a new animal feed mill will be constructed to support layer houses in New Providence and the Family Islands where layer houses will be in operation as this project is in progress.

Chairman Major thanked the team at BAIC including Troy Sampson, General Manager; Justin Sturrup, Lead Consultant; Justin Taylor, Jerad Darville, Dundas Munning and Otaine Woodside for their contribution to the project to date.

Also present were other Cabinet Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries; Permanent Secretaries; representatives of international partners and government agencies, members of BAIC board, teachers and students, farmers and community and civic minded individuals.  The police band provided entertainment.

Following the programme, dignitaries donned hard hats and used ceremonial shovels to broke ground at the site in celebration of the start of the project.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs, with Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC), Golden Yolk, and other stakeholders held groundbreaking ceremonies for a farming initiative designed to attain national self-sufficiency in egg production.  The 'Golden Yolk' egg production project will ultimately improve food security, lower import costs, assist farmers and increase employment opportunities.  The groundbreaking took place Monday, February 27, 2023 at Gladstone Road Agricultural Centre (GRAC). Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Philip Davis headed the list of dignitaries and participants.  Also present were the Hon. Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments, and Aviation; and Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs the Hon. Clay Sweeting who gave an address. In his remarks, Minister Sweeting said through the Ministry's partnership with BAIC, the project will usher the “revival” of egg production in the nation. He described the initiative as a “contract agreement between farmers and the special purpose vehicle.”   He said, “Firstly, the project will see the construction of seven grow houses on New Providence that are turnkey operations. The special purpose vehicle will provide the building, the layers, vet services and other inputs. The contracted farmer will monitor and care for the investment.  Upon production, the contracted farmer will sell all the eggs to the special purpose vehicle, who will deduct the cost of the inputs and pay profits to the farmer. "The special purpose vehicle will sell the eggs to the wholesalers for distribution on every food store shelf throughout the country.”   In the second phase, there will be 15 grow houses in the south and central Bahamas, 23 grow houses in the northern Bahamas in phase 3 for a total of 38 houses in 12 Family Islands. He said egg production will grow from 700,000 to 28 million per year. “A project of this magnitude will ensure that the eggs produced will completely reduce the reliance on imports. The Golden Yolk will have an immediate national economic impact, not just on food security, but on growing the economy.” Minister Sweeting said through the initiative, an energy efficient, semi-automated, easy to maintain, climate smart poultry house will be constructed at GRAC.   He acknowledged BAIC's Chairman, Leroy Major and the team at BAIC for their work in bringing the project to fruition. Chairman Major said the aim of the Golden Yolk Egg Production Project is to promote the production and sale of quality and affordable eggs, reduce the import of eggs and make the Bahamas self-sufficient in eggs in the next 18 months.   He informed that a new animal feed mill will be constructed to support layer houses in New Providence and the Family Islands where layer houses will be in operation as this project is in progress.   Chairman Major thanked the team at BAIC including Troy Sampson, General Manager; Justin Sturrup, Lead Consultant; Justin Taylor, Jerad Darville, Dundas Munning and Otaine Woodside for their contribution to the project to date. Also present were other Cabinet Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries; Permanent Secretaries; representatives of international partners and government agencies, members of BAIC board, teachers and students, farmers and community and civic minded individuals.  The police band provided entertainment. Following the programme, dignitaries donned hard hats and used ceremonial shovels to broke ground at the site in celebration of the start of the project.

 

Pet Food Institute: don’t give a dog a bone

Mon, Sep 12th 2022, 03:34 PM

In the minds of many, dogs and bones just belong together. Their compatibility has been entrenched in the likes of nursery rhymes and Saturday morning cartoons. But contrary to those long-held beliefs, cooked bones can present serious health complications for dogs and cats.

 While it might look like your pet is handling a bone just fine, that can be far from the truth. Veterinarians and other professionals cite a host of potential issues that result from feeding dogs and cats cooked bones, including blockages and perforations in the digestive tract that can lead to severe infection, and internal bleeding.

 Dr. Valentino Grant, veterinarian and owner of Caves Village Veterinary Hospital, said that while some pet owners get away with feeding their dogs bones, the risks are very serious, particularly with chicken, pork chop and rib bones.

 “The danger of feeding cooked bones, especially chicken bones and rib bones that can splinter and have very sharp edges, is that they can perforate, slice, or puncture the stomach and also create a lot of inflammation to the intestines as they're passing through with their sharp edges,” he said.

 “So, we can not only get punctures of the intestines or even perforations, but lacerations, as the bones can slice the intestines when they're being propelled through into the colon before being passed to the outside.

 “And these bones aren't digested. They remain intact, and do a lot of damage.”

 According to research conducted by the Washington, D.C.-based Pet Food Institute (PFI), in the Caribbean region, 31 per cent of pet owners feed their animals table scraps at least sometimes.

 Dr. Grant said many people don’t realize the dangers of feeding bones to their animals.

 “Persons just associate dogs with bones, and they get away with it for the most part and continue the practice,” he said.

 “But on the veterinary side, I as a veterinarian and my colleagues, we see the end result, the sequela of dogs that end up having major issues, major compromises, major perforations that result in sepsis and infection to the whole abdominal area.

 “Sometimes there's not even a perforation, but the bones accumulate in the gastrointestinal tract. And this can lead to a blockage or even constipation.”

 And while he noted that some people cite the nutritional benefits of feeding bones to pets, Dr. Grant said there are far safer ways to ensure they receive adequate nutrients like calcium, whether from their pet vitamin tabs, calcium tabs, commercial pet food, etc.

 Says Nat Davies, Executive Director of the US-based association with representation in The Bahamas, Jamaica, Trinidad and Turks and Caicos “There is an ongoing effort to undo the consequences of the age-old myth that pets should be fed cooked bones or rewarded with them as treats. Pet owners have to make the right decisions for their animals, and ensure that they are giving their pets the best chance at a healthy life by providing them with food that is both nutritionally sufficient and safe for their consumption.”

As the voice of U.S. pet food makers for nearly 60 years, the Pet Food Institute provides information about pet food safety, nutrition and health to pet lovers, and acts as advocates for a science-based regulatory environment. Its members collectively produce 98 per cent of all U.S. pet food and treat products and are committed, along with vets, to recommending food that is scientifically tests and made from approved ingredients.

About Pet Food Institute (PFI)

The Pet Food Institute and our members, who make the vast majority of all U.S. pet food and treat products, are committed to helping dogs and cats live long and healthy lives. And have been doing so for more than 60 years. Pet Food Institute-Caribbean works throughout the region to promote pet wellness and nutrition, helping cat and dog enthusiasts to be the best possible pet owners. Focus countries include Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, Trinidad & Tobago and The Bahamas. As the voice of U.S. pet food makers for more than 60 years, we provide factual information about pet food and treat safety, nutrition, and health to pet lovers, and advocate for a transparent, science-based regulatory environment.

PFI is dedicated to:

Advocating for legislation, regulations and technologies that support the domestic manufacture and global distribution of safe, quality pet food and that provide for consumer choice; Promoting pet food safety innovation in manufacturing and handling practices; Delivering information about issues impacting pet food makers, their suppliers and distributors, pet lovers and other relevant stakeholders; and Communicating the benefits of pet ownership to the general public at large. Offices are based in Washington, DC.