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)

Friday, February 8, 2008

49,000 ha of illegal palm oil plantations to be slashed in Riau

Rizal Harahap, The Jakarta Post, Pekanbaru

The government will slash some 49,000 hectares of illegal palm oil plantations in protected forest areas in Rokan Hulu regency, Riau, allowing forests to reclaim cleared land, an official said Wednesday.

Rokan Hulu regent Achmad said the oil palms in the protected forest area, in Sungai Mahato and Bukit Sugili, would be destroyed because the plantation was developed without authorization.

Conversion of protected forest into oil palm plantation and illegal logging practices have been rampant, he said, but no steps have been taken yet to stop perpetrators or plantation "owners".

"The public has to pay high costs for the illegal conversion of land, with the shrinking of water catchment areas which ends up causing flooding each year in the regency," he said.

"The rampant land conversion has also led to frequent attacks from protected animals, like elephants and Sumatran tigers, on locals and their farmland, after losing their habitat in protected forests," he said.

Achmad, who is still seven months in his tenure, said the reforestation program would be financed by the 2008 state budget, and supervised by relevant authorities to avoid financial malfeasance.

He said any farmers refusing to leave the protected area would be prosecuted because they would be breaking the 2004 law on the environment.

It was tragic that most of the 32,000-ha Sungai Mahato forests and 31,000 Bukit Sugili forests had been cleared for plantations, which meant (protected) wildlife was forced to seek refuge in other forests nearby, Achmad said.

Meanwhile, local activists have expressed their skepticism over the local government's commitment to regenerate the forest, saying the move would meet strong protests and resistance from local farmers.

Tropica non-government organization executive director Harizal Jalil said if the regent could execute the plan, it could be the first step toward regreening vast areas of barren land inside protected forests and national parks in the province.

"The problem is whether the plan gets executed or not. A strong commitment is needed from all sides to do this," he said.

Executive director of the Environmental Forum in Riau, Jhony Setiawan Mundung, said a national movement was needed to support the reforestation of 300,000 hectares of cleared forests in the province.

"We are very eager to see if the regent can execute the plan, or if he is just talking," he said.

The chief of palm oil affairs at the local plantation office, Hanafi, said he was pessimistic at the success of the plan because 8,000 farmers who worked on the plantation would stage a strong protest if the regent goes ahead.

He said his office had never issued any permit to farmers to plant oil palm trees in protected areas.

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