Ohio – Jane Beathard

Exhibit puts focus on worldwide poaching

The National Museum of Organized Crime & Law Enforcement (known as The Mob Museum) in Las Vegas opened several new displays last week, including one on the international trade in poached wildlife. I volunteer at the museum during winter months and I found the new exhibit fascinating. You might ask what poaching has to do with organized crime? Actually, quite…

Annual fox-hunting ritual: Blessing of the Hounds, and a whole lot more

I attended a hunting ritual last week that is literally “as old as the hills.” It was the annual Blessing of the Hounds at Rocky Fork Headley Hunt Club near Columbus. An Episcopal priest conducted the frosty-morning ceremony that marks the start of the club’s formal fox hunting season. She blessed the club’s gaggle of fox hounds and well-groomed horses and…