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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)

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Elephants danger blamed on humans

Rizal Harahap, The Jakarta Post, Pekanbaru

Ongoing clashes between humans and elephants has prompted Riau province to establish a team led by Riau Deputy Governor Wan Abu Bakar whose powers will extend to drafting new ordinances.

The team was established early this week following a coordination meeting in Pekanbaru involving seven Riau city and regency administrations and Forestry Ministry officials.

There were 10 incidents there this year, in which 13 villagers were killed and another 13 injured, according to data from Riau's Natural Resources Conservation Center. So far, there have been 29 reported incidents this year, slightly lower than the 32 reported in 2006.

Forestry Ministry official Toni Suhartono said areas prone to human-elephant conflict included Kuantan Sengingi, Indragiri Hulu, Bengkalis, Rokan Hulu, Siak and Pelalawan regencies.

"The highest rate of conflict is in Pelalawan regency, where most of the reports came from," said Toni.

Meanwhile, Kampar recorded seven cases, Bengkalis six, Indragiri Hulu three, and Rokan Hulu, Siak and Kuantan Singingi one case each, all during 2007. At least 700 hectares of palm oil and 120 hectares of rubber plantation were ravaged by herds of wild elephants with more than 40,000 palm oil trees and 35 homes were destroyed.

Toni blamed conflicts on the declining habitat of wild elephants -- aggravated by too few forest rangers patrolling Tesso Nilo National Park.

"The number of forest rangers is far from adequate. Ideally, there should be 39 rangers patrolling the 38,576-hectare park, or one ranger per thousand hectares.

"However, there are only seven rangers and three administrative staffers there. So, there is a stark difference between our needs and the number of workers," said Toni.

Two years ago the provincial administration announced a plan to extend the park to 100,000 hectares, to provide more habitat for the elephants -- but it has yet to do so.

"Negotiations with two forest concession companies in the area are underway," said Toni.

Riau Conservation Center official Rachman Siddiq, however, blamed the timber companies for the delay.

"They cannot be relocated in the same simple manner as the elephants," said Rachman.

"Relocating the timber companies (currently in) the area which has been plotted for the park extension is one of the tasks for the Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation Team."

Deputy Governor Wan Abu Bakar is in favor of removing the forest concessionaires from the conservation area.

Team leader Abu Bakar said, "We must have a strong policy so that the function of the conservation area be maintained."

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