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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, July 6, 2007

Near-extinct tiger lives to tell a tale

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

A wild male Sumatran tiger missing one paw has been captured on camera inside Tesso Nilo National Park and is believed to be the animal that escaped a hunter's trap last year by chewing its own paw off.

A wildlife conservation camera placed inside the Riau national park by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), one of the world's largest and most respected conservation organizations, captured in March four photographs of the three-pawed tiger walking and seemingly coping well after his ordeal.

The same tiger was photographed in a different location in May this year walking in the forest.

On both scenes, the tiger appears to be in good physical condition.

The Sumatran tiger is the most critically endangered tiger subspecies in the world. There are less than 400 left in the wild and WWF said it holds grave fears for the animal.

The tigers continue to live under constant threat because they are hunted for sale on the black market and their habitat is rapidly being replaced by agricultural and logging operations.

Some traps are set specifically by poachers to catch tigers, while most are designed to catch other animals for villagers' meat supplies or as a means of pest control.

WWF-Indonesia's tiger survey and monitoring coordinator, Sunarto, said the situation was upsetting because it had taken place inside a national park where the tiger was supposed to be protected.

"This tiger looks like he's in good condition in our photos, but his future is uncertain," Sunarto said.

"The Sumatran tiger population is at such low levels, we can't afford to lose even one to a snare."

WWF is currently working with national park management and the Natural Resource Conservation Office (BKSDA) in Riau to increase tiger conservation awareness, decrease the use of snares and rid the forest of illegal huntsman.

Since 2005, WWF and BKSDA's anti-poaching teams have confiscated at least 101 snares -- 75 of which were inside the protected areas of Tesso Nilo National Park and Rimbang Baling Wildlife Reserve.

Of the 101 snares, 23 were specifically targeted tigers, while the rest were used for wild boar and sunbears.

Sunarto said the use of snares was every day bringing the Sumatran tiger one step closer to extinction, but that the very primitive hunting system also put villagers and domestic animals in danger.

"When a tiger is sick or crippled, its ability to hunt and catch natural prey is reduced significantly," he said.

"As a result, such tigers search for food in nearby villages, attacking livestock or even people."

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