Canine hero visits Capitol Hill amid ‘global landmine crisis’


Spotted roaming the halls of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday was a six-year veteran of one of the most dangerous jobs in the world.

Yankee, a land mine-detecting German shepherd, along with her handler, Perry Baltimore, a retired Army general, joined Yemen’s ambassador to the U.S., Ahmed Bin Mubarak, to draw attention to what advocates are calling a “global land mine crisis.”

Decades after the use of land mines reached a peak in global conflicts, advocates say the use of anti-personnel mines — responsible for the death and disfigurement of innocent civilians — are back on the rise, particularly in African and Middle Eastern war zones.

Thursday’s event in Washington focused primarily on the crisis in Yemen, where by 2018, over 9,000 casualties have been reported as a direct result of land mines, according Mubarak, who added that the civil war in Yemen enters its fourth year, the concentration of land mines has reached its highest point since World War II.

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Source: ABC News