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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)

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Green group seeks more protection for loris

Wahyoe Boediwardhana, The Jakarta Post, Malang

The government has been accused of not taking serious steps to preserve an endangered animal species, by failing to raise the risk-status of the loris.

Executive director of environmental group ProFauna Indonesia, Asep R. Purnama, said the government is being indecisive and the Forestry Ministry's Directorate General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation has not responded to the two letters the group sent in December 2006 and April this year.

"They have not stated clearly whether the government supports our proposal or not, and have only expressed their gratitude for the notification, despite the fact that Indonesia is a signatory of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)," said Asep.

A recommendation on the protection of the loris will be submitted at the 14th CITES conference in The Hague, the Netherlands, from June 3 to 15.

The respective CITES signatory countries and non-government organizations dedicated to the cause will meet to discuss new regulations for the protection of endangered animal species.

The loris is protected by a law, based on a 1973 Agriculture Ministry decree, and clarified by a 1999 government regulation on preserving flora and fauna species.

According to Asep, under the current law some parties are still permitted to trade the loris.

If the CITES conference in The Hague approves the recommendation to raise the risk status of the loris, international trade of the animal could be more tightly controlled.

"Only certain parties would be able to buy lorises. These include zoos and animal research institutions, but not individuals," said Asep.

The government needs to move quickly on this issue as there are still many countries that have yet to list the loris as an endangered species, evident from the rife trade and trafficking of the animal from Indonesia to the international market.

Asep cited a foiled attempt to smuggle 91 lorises from Indonesia to Kuwait through Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta in January 2003.

A similar incident occurred in June 2004, when police were able to prevent an attempt to smuggle three lorises to Korea and Japan through the same airport.

According to data from ProFauna, around 7,000 lorises have been caught and traded since 2000.

Sold for around Rp 175,000 (approximately US$20) each, the nocturnal slow-moving and tailless primate, which survives on bamboo clusters, is not only sold in animal markets, but also at shopping malls in major cities, such as Surabaya, Malang, Medan, Banjarmasin and Bandarlampung.

In Palembang, South Sumatra, the loris trade is carried out on a large-scale at the Enambelas Ilir market, where no less than 40 to 60 lorises are sold each month.

Asep said sale and ownership of a protected animal is unlawful based on a 1990 law on the conservation of natural resources and the ecosystem, and that perpetrators were liable to a five-year prison sentence and a fine of Rp 100 million.

Asep urged the Forestry Ministry and other relevant agencies to take action against those involved in the trade in lorises throughout the country.

"Saving endangered animals is not on the government's priority list, and the rife trade in endangered animals everywhere is clear evidence of this," said Asep.

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