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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)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Husbandry agency bans goats from two provinces

Ary Hermawan, The Jakarta Post, Denpasar

The Bali Husbandry Agency has announced a ban on goats from two provinces from entering the resort island to ensure anthrax and foot-and-mouth disease-free animals ahead of the Idul Adha day of sacrifice celebration Thursday.

The office said the two provinces, West Nusa Tenggara and West Java, were not free from anthrax and foot-and-mouth disease.

Demand for goats in Denpasar has increased over the past two weeks as Muslim residents prepare for the day of sacrifice.

"We are going to check the health of the animals. Should we find them infected with disease, we will destroy them," the agency's spokesperson, Frans Siung, said Monday.

Bali, the only Hindu-majority province in Indonesia, is currently one of the largest cow producers, supplying 75,000 cows across the country annually.

The province receives hundreds of goats from other islands on a monthly basis to meet local demand, especially from the capital city Denpasar, where a large number of Muslims reside.

As of the end of November, 7,610 goats had been transported to Bali.

"From November to mid December we received 1,080 goats," Frans said.

Bali's goat farmers are mostly found in the regencies of Tabanan, Karangasem and Jembrana.

Frans said his agency had coordinated with the police and quarantine authorities at the Gilimanuk and Padang Bai ports to supervise the traffic of animals.

Fishermen, he said, were also involved to prevent smuggling.

"We can't guarantee there will be no animal smuggling. The public in general should realize that illegally transported animals could be dangerous as their health is not checked," he said.

The smuggling of livestock is alleged to have caused the spread of bird flu, although there is no confirmation of this.

The Bali administration, however, has banned the entrance of live fowl to the province, allowing only chicks and chicken meat to enter.

The regulation, however, does not apply to other husbandry animals, Frans said.

Meanwhile, the central government has canceled the provincial regulation imposing fees on all animals entering the island.

Seasonal goat sellers in Bali are getting ready for the big sell; making temporary enclosures along Denpasar's streets and Muslim-populated villages.

"I have been selling goats for ten days," Firno, 50, said.

In the past six years, Firno, who usually works as a freelance laborer, has reaped the blessings of the day of sacrifice celebration by selling goats with his friends.

"The profit is not really that much, but it's good enough for us," he said.

"The price of one goat varies according to its size. The small ones are priced at Rp 750,000 (US$83) each, while the big ones can reach Rp 1.3 million. I have sold 50 goats so far. There are 90 goats left to be sold," he said, without elaborating whether his goats had passed a health check or not.

A large number of Muslim residents can be found in Denpasar and Kampung Islam (Muslim village), Kampung Bugis (the village of the Celebes people from Sulawesi) and Kampung Jawa (the village of the Javanese).

Most of the Muslims on Bali are descendants of Javanese Muslims who migrated to the island before independence. The rest are new migrants and Muslim professionals who came to the island after the tourism boom.

Muslims are prohibited from eating pork, a primary meat dish in Bali, while cows are sacred to Balinese Hindus.

"If anybody wants to start a business, they should look at the untapped goat market in Bali," Frans said. -- JP

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