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.

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"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, November 27, 2007

Animal shelters near collapse, government asked to take over

Wahyoe Boediwardhana, The Jakarta Post, Malang

A noted conservationist has urged the government to take over the operation of seven Animal Rescue Centers (PPS) across the country, saying they are on the brink of financial collapse.

"Most of these centers can't even generate enough money to feed the animals. Some haven't been able to pay the salaries of their employees for quite some time," Rosek Nursahid said Sunday at PPS Petungsewu in Malang, East Java.

Rosek is the founder and chairman of ProFauna International, which initiated the establishment of PPS in various regions in the country.

Currently, there are nine PPS in Indonesia, seven of which -- those in Tegal Alur in Jakarta, Gadog in Bogor, Cikananga in Sukabumi, Arjasari in Bandung, Yogyakarta, Toho in Pontianak, and Tasikoki in North Minahasa.

Rosek said the two other centers, PPS Petungsewu and PPS Tabanan in Bali, were still able to fund their operations.

He said the financial difficulties had worsened when the centers' main backer, the Gibbon Foundation, had terminated its assistance.

He added that the government was obliged under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to set up centers to house protected animals rescued from poachers, traders and collectors. Indonesia ratified the document in 1978.

"Consequently, the funding for all PPS in Indonesia should be included in the state budget," he said.

Head of PPS Petungsewu, Iwan Kurniawan, said the government was caught off guard when the Gibbon Foundation terminated the funding for the centers.

"Actually, the government must be ready to shoulder the financial burden of each and every PPS five years after their establishment," he said.

"Compared to the funds needed for reforestation programs, the money needed to sustain these centers is minuscule," Rosek added.

Iwan said the operational cost of PPS Petungsewu, which houses 180 protected animals, is around Rp. 600 million per year.

"That means that to sustain the nine PPS the government only has to allocate Rp. 5.4 billions per year," Iwan said.

Iwan said that the government provided regular financial assistance to PPS Petungsewu but it was far from sufficiant.

"The government provides PPS Petungsewu Rp 20 millions per month. After taxes, we only receive Rp 18 million. On the other hand, our monthly operational cost is Rp 50 million," he said.

PPS Petungsewu raises money on its own through the Petungsewu Wildlife Education Center, which offers packages to Indonesian and foreign students.

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