Robber fly - Nature photographer Thomas Shahan specializes in amazing portraits of tiny insects. It isn't easy. Shahan says that this Robber Fly (Holcocephala fusca), for instance, is "skittish" and doesn't like its picture taken.

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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)

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Indonesia palm body urges clearer forest mapping

Source: Reuters, 08 Jun 2007 11:34 GMT

JAKARTA, June 8 (Reuters) - Indonesian palm oil producers are asking the government to define clearly forest areas that need conserving to help prevent plantations from encroaching on critical habitats, a senior industry official on Friday.

Environmental groups are concerned that rapidly expanding palm oil plantations, partly on ambitious plans for biofuel, are damaging pristine rain forests and driving out rare species.

Derom Bangun, executive chairman of the Indonesia Palm Oil Producers Association, said the government should map out forest areas for conservation and for agricultural activity.

"By having them clear and publicised, everybody can be sure that we are cultivating in areas which are already considered suitable for them without sacrificing or at the expense of habitat for rare species," Bangun told Reuters.

The association had asked its members to map out areas that might have significant biodiversity, contain threatened species or have special cultural significance, he said.

"Now in new areas they make a thorough survey first. When they find high conservation forest, they would not open it," Bangun said, adding that members should also follow the principles set out by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

The body, which includes palm oil producers, processors, users and environmentalists, aims to promote the production and the use of sustainable palm oil.

"We hope and we are sure by using the criteria and principle, opening new plantation will be done carefully," he said.

But controlling hundreds of firms opening up new plantations may be hard. The association's membership covers only 30 percent of the country's total palm oil plantation area of 6 million hectares.

Bangun said the task had been complicated by devolved powers making regional governments in charge of licensing new plantations.

"There is a controversy in the field. The regional government decides certain areas which they think can be converted as agriculture areas but central government said the area should be preserve as forestry areas," Bangun said.

"But in general, companies merely follow guidelines given by the government."

Malaysia and Indonesia, the world's largest palm oil producers, struck a deal last month to take measures to counter environmental concerns they said were undermining palm oil's claim to be a green fuel.

This includes setting up a technical group to mount a pro-industry campaign in Europe, the second-largest consumer of palm oil and the biggest source of demand for palm-based biofuel.

Greenpeace says Indonesia had the fastest pace of deforestation in the world in 2000-2005, with an area of forest equivalent to 300 soccer pitches destroyed each hour.

Friends of the Earth says almost 90 percent of orangutans' habitat in Indonesia and Malaysia has now disappeared and, if the destruction continues, Asia's only great ape could become extinct in 12 years.

(Additional reporting by Mita Valina Liem)

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