Animal Welfare Groups Celebrate the End of the Circus

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Animal Legal Defense Fund

Law student Maral Cavner plans to use her forthcoming legal credential in the field of animal law. A dedicated animal lover, Maral Cavner has already made great strides helping companion animals through her work at the Route 66 No-Kill Shelter, and she is an advocate for the freedom and well-being of animals everywhere.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Humane Society, and other animal welfare organizations are eagerly awaiting the end of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performances, which will conclude in May 2017.

Animal lovers have been increasingly critical of the circus for decades, as allegations of abuse and reports of animal deaths stacked up. In particular, the 1998 death of an elephant named Kenny sparked widespread discussion of the role of elephants in entertainment.

In more recent months, cities and states across the nation began to ban the use of bull hooks on elephants. Ringling announced its refusal to bring the circus to cities with such bans, and regulatory and economic pressures contributed to dropping ticket sales, forcing the circus to close after 146 years.


Alpha Kappa Delta Society Holds President’s Dinner at ASA Conference


Three More Successful Gray Seal Rescues for the IFAW

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International Fund for Animal Welfare

Maral Cavner, a founding member of Route 66 Rescue Inc., a no-kill animal shelter in Missouri, is currently studying to become a lawyer. After she receives her law degree, Maral Cavner intends to go into animal law and protect animal rights. As part of her personal and professional commitment to animal welfare, she carefully follows the latest developments around the nation.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has developed an effective system for rescuing gray seals from entanglements in recent years. Entrapments in aquatic hazards are responsible for the deaths of 75 gray seals a year in the United States alone. When a gray seal becomes caught in a net or other obstacle, researchers track it and sedate it with a special dart. This requires great care, as seals often swim close enough to touch one another. Each dart emits a signal, allowing rescuers to track the animal as it begins to grow drowsy.

It takes about 10 minutes to fully sedate a 200- to 280-pound gray seal. Rescuers move in quickly, using special nets to safely lift the seal into a boat. Over the next 45 minutes, they remove the entanglement, treat any wounds, and attach a tag so they can track the animal and follow up later.

This technique, developed over years, has led to an increase in seal rescues recently. Rescuers were able to save three seals in three days during October of 2016, a new feat for IFAW teams. The organization hopes to refine the procedure even further in the near future and would like to be able to save more than one seal per day.

Donating Your Vehicle to Teen Challenge

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Teen Challenge

Maral Cavner attended Emory University, where she attained her bachelor’s degree in sociology with highest honors. Since 2011, Maral Cavner has also served as an executive board member for Teen Challenge, a nonprofit organization offering young people a new chance at freedom from life-controlling problems, like addiction.

As a nonprofit, Teen Challenge relies heavily on donations to meet its financial needs. One of the ways you can help is through donating a vehicle to the organization.

Teen Challenge works with a company called Insurance Auto Auction to collect donated vehicles from donors. After filling out the online form or calling the company, you can request a vehicle pick-up and thus not have to worry about the cost of transporting the automobile.

The vehicle you donate can be in any condition, drivable or otherwise. You will, however, need to provide a clear vehicle title upon donation. Once donated, your vehicle will be sold and you will receive a receipt in the mail to keep for your tax records.

To learn more about Teen Challenge and other ways to help, visit

What is the Mission of Alpha Kappa Delta?

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Alpha Kappa Delta

Maral Cavner is a 2013 graduate of Emory University, from which she earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology. A high performer during her undergraduate studies, Maral Cavner is a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society.

Alpha Kappa Delta was formed to recognize and encourage academic achievement in the field of sociology and other academic pursuits aimed at leading to overall social improvement. Students at the undergraduate and graduate levels are eligible for membership, and faculty members can join the honor society as well.

Students who are sociology majors, as well as those minoring in sociology, can become Alpha Kappa Delta members. Students majoring in other subjects can also become members if they have taken at least four sociology classes during their studies, are considered juniors by their respective schools, and are in the top 35 percent of their class.

Kappa Alpha Delta carries a membership of 120,000 across 660 chapters in the United States.

Louis Armstrong and the Birth of Trumpet in Jazz

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Louis Armstrong

Currently pursuing a law degree with a focus on animal rights issues, Maral Cavner holds a degree in sociology from Emory University. Maral Cavner has a background riding horses and playing high school soccer and tennis, and has played the trumpet for more than a decade. Incorporated in classical music for centuries, the trumpet came to the forefront in American music in the early 20th century as one of the primary jazz instruments.

The trumpet’s formalized role as a lead instrument came about through Joseph “King” Oliver’s Chicago band of the early 1920s, which introduced Louis Armstrong as a soloist on early classics such as Sobbing Blues. When Armstrong moved to New York in 1924, he joined a pioneering jazz big band and subsequently created the Hot Five, which showcased the trumpet even more prominently. Songs such as Jeepers Creepers effectively combined trumpet with the genesis of modern jazz vocals, including gravelly voiced scatting.

With late ‘20s Louis Armstrong songs such as West End Blues and Potato Head Blues, which featured the piano counterpoint of Earl Hines, the trumpet truly came to the fore. This template that would stand until bebop artists such as Dizzy Gillespie intentionally broke the mold following World War II.

Dealing with Destructive Dog Behavior

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Route 66

Maral Cavner is pursuing a career in animal rights and welfare and dogs and animal safety remain a passion of hers. As a founding board member of Route 66, a no-kill dog rescue in Nixa, Missouri, Maral Cavner strives to find dogs their forever home. One of the most challenging aspects of dog ownership is dealing with destructive behavior. Take these steps to help your dog deal with these behaviors and grow your relationship in the process.

Walks – Taking your dog on regular walks is one of the easiest ways to mitigate destructive behavior. Like children, dogs have massive amounts of energy. If this energy isn’t expunged in a healthy way, it can quickly become destructive.

Hunger – If your dog has an inconsistent diet, or isn’t getting enough food, behavior can turn destructive. When hungry, your dog may tear things apart in search of food. At-risk objects include anything that smells of food or any object your dog associates with food.

Lack of Attention and Socialization – Your dog may be tearing up your stuff to show they love you, oddly enough. If you’re busy or otherwise distracted and not giving your dog enough attention, destructive behavior might be their way of garnering your attention. Similarly, it’s important for dogs to socialize and play with other dogs, and when they don’t get out to play enough, your couch may become their plaything.