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"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)

Friday, April 20, 2007

Squatters to be moved to avoid human-elephant conflict

Oyos Saroso H.N., The Jakarta Post, Bandarlampung

The Lampung provincial government has announced plans to relocate residents of villages that have been attacked by elephants from South Bukit Barisan National Park.

Wild elephants have killed seven people in the West Lampung and Tanggamus regencies in the last year, as well as destroying villages and crops.

The provincial administration will work with the Bengkulu and West Lampung administrations as well as the West Lampung Forestry Office to immediately relocate residents of the Roworejo, Hantatai, Bandar Agung, Atarlebar and Ringing hamlets, all relatively new settlements located in Suoh district in West Lampung regency.

Lampung Governor Sjachroedin Z.P. said there was no other way to overcome the problem but move the residents. More than 10,000 people live in the new settlements, which are located within the national park and the elephants' natural habitat.

The national park encompasses dozens of villages, but most of them existed before the area was made an official national park.

Newer settlements, however, have emerged as a result of forest conversion and illegal logging in the national park.

Residents of these areas will be moved, with the exception of the Pengekahan, Belimbing, Way Haru and Kubu Perahu villages, which are regarded as legal settlements.

"The residents must immediately leave the areas, otherwise the conflict between the humans and elephants will continue," said Sjachroedin.

Lampung Forest Watch director Joko Santoso said that based on a joint study with the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), the elephants that had invaded the villages were all from the same herd.

"The elephants invaded the villages because the new settlements were in what had been their original movement areas. Based on that logic, the elephants are not wrong, but the humans who set up new villages inside that national park and the officials who allowed this to happen continue on," said Joko.

Residents of Suoh district left their homes a month ago, concerned that the animals would become more violent.

The most recent victim was Maryono, 50, of Pemangku Negeri Ratu hamlet in Suoh, who was trampled to death in March.

Male residents of Suoh district conduct night patrols and light torches around buildings to frighten the elephants away.

West Lampung Regent Erwin Nizar said that six elephants had invaded villages over the last two months, destroying three houses, a public facility and ruining farms.

He said the elephants had first been seen on Feb. 9. They moved from Pemangku Talang Kudus village to Pemangku Talang Lima village, before continuing to Suoh, Pemangku Sidorejo and Bandar Agung villages.

The herd destroyed the walls of an elementary school, power lines, farms and two houses in Talang Kudus, water pipes in Talang Lima and a house in Pemangku Negeri Ratu hamlet.

The South Bukit Barisan National Park, which extends from Tanggamus and West Lampung regencies in Lampung to Kaur regency in Bengkulu, is a native habitat of the Sumatran elephant.

The 363,000-hectare park, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is home to around 500 wild elephants.

The area is also the natural habitat of the Sumatran rhinoceros and tiger and other protected wild animals. However, the elephant population is threatened with extinction due to the rapid rate of deforestation by illegal logging, land clearance and forest conversion to make way for settlements and plantations.

"Herds of elephants invade human settlements every six months due to encroachment of their habitat by human settlements and illegal logging," Joko Santoso.

Data from the South Bukit Barisan National Park Center shows there are at least 15,000 squatters living in the area. The rate of forest destruction has reached more than 25 percent.

In an effort to save the Sumatran elephants, the WWF in April last year sent a letter to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono urging every citizen and state agency to stop killing Sumatran elephants, either directly through poisoning, shooting or poaching, or indirectly through habitat encroachment.

The WWF has also urged local administrations and plantation companies to stop illegal forest conversion and stop issuing or revoke forest conversion licenses, especially those in Sumatran elephant habitat areas.

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