RuffReuters World News 27th May 2030
Tara Mazing Wins Kaira Peace Prize
The winner of the 2030 Kaira Peace Prize has today been announced by the Peace Prize committee at their awards ceremony in Oslo, Norway.
The winner is Tara Mazing, who is currently Secretary General of the United Canine Nations, based in Geneva, Switzerland.
The committee decision was unanimous, praising Ms Mazing for her leading role in bringing a lasting peace between the previously warring breeds and an end to the regional conflicts which brought devastation to many canine communities around the world.
Ms Mazing was an orphan born in Sussex, England, and was adopted as a puppy by a family who lived in Saltdean, a small village near Brighton on the South Coast.
In previous interviews Ms Mazing speaks fondly of her time there, and especially of her adopted mother and father, Carla and Michael Mazing (a Rhodesian Ridgeback and Mastiff respectively) who made sure she had a secure and happy puppyhood, and received a high-quality education through to her university years.
Despite her current role as one of the most important leaders of this era, Ms Mazing has mostly kept a low profile, focusing instead on her work aimed at bringing peace to the canine world.
Reliable sources inform us that she enjoys a range of hobbies and interests - including beach-combing for dinosaur bones, practising taekwondo, writing haiku, and listening to her heavy-metal record collection.
A modest canine, it is only in recent interviews with our RuffReuters correspondents that she has given some indication of how she developed into one of our world’s most influential leaders.
Reflecting on her younger years, Ms Mazing is quoted as saying:
“My time at my first school - Saltdean Puppies Primary – was a joy – every dog, of every breed, played and learned together in a happy, friendly atmosphere.
At Dogear Valley Middle School – in Lewes – it was much the same, just a little more focused on learning and gaining qualifications. It was there that I became interested in the wider world, and, discovering I had a natural gift for languages, learned to speak in many breed tongues and learned about their history and current cultures – both of which became invaluable later in my life.
However, when our family moved to the USA and I attended Canine Heights High School in Colorado, it was there that I began to notice that there was some conflict between certain breeds – mostly expressed in sporting games, though some of it did carry over into the classroom. In ny last year there as Head of Packs Girl I tried to counter this by introducing cross-breed meetings and events, which did help but only a little.
I first became aware of the full extent of inter-breed conflict, and the amount of damage that was causing in our world, at Ridgeback Mountain University, South Africa, which I had gained an international scholarship for.
There I found wide divisions, even visible physical conflict, between students from different breeds, and different regions of the world.
It was there, remembering the wise words of my adopted parents about how we are all one family on our planet, that I decided to devote my life to trying to persuade the different breeds to understand and respect their differences, and then to find a way for them all to work and play and grow together, in harmony.
When I became Student Union Leader I arranged for inter-university student union webcam discussions about those issues, which were considered to be successful, but it wasn't enough to eradicate it”.
After an early career as a front-line operator, then in regional manager posts in charities working in conflict zones, in 2023 she was appointed as Chief Executive of the United Canine Nations Peace-making Division, and it was there that her reputation for negotiating truces and longer-term peace agreements, came to the notice of the world.
Two years later, with conflict and discrimination still present in some of the regions, she was asked to take over the role of Secretary General.
Her first action was to state that from that moment the culture of the organisation would be changed from one which had focused on endless debate and recommendations, to one of taking positive actions.
That was supported by the change she made to the UCN Vision Statement, which is now, as the world has come to know and admire:
“To achieve peace and harmony between all breeds of dogs and promote that approach to all other species on our Earth”.
That vision, that objective, was not easy to achieve, but Ms Mazing ruthlessy replaced anyone who disagreed with it, or did not wholeheartedly support it, with those who did, and she and her team worked tirelessly for the next 7 years, travelling from country to country, continent to continent, negotiating, arguing, persuading, demonstrating the damage caused by conflict and discrimination, and stressing the benefits of peace, until, slowly but surely, the conflicts became fewer and new partnerships between breeds began to flourish.
The result was that on the 3rd of September 2029, at a specially convened meeting in Geneva of the United Canine Nations full assembly, the leaders of every breed and every variation, from every country, signed an agreement that any remaining pockets of conflict between the breeds would immediately cease, that every breed would commit to peaceful relationships with each other, and that every country would introduce binding legislation to support that commitment.
As the Kaira Peace Prize statement says:
“Our Canine world will be forever grateful to Tara Mazing”.