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, November 14, 2008

A`lia ready to allow mangosteen imports from Indonesia

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Australian government has stated its readiness to allow mangosteen from Indonesia to enter its market as proposed by Jakarta, Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyantono said. 

So far, Australia had been applying long procedures and strict requirements to fruit imports from Indonesia but now Canberra would soon respond to Indonesia's proposal which was forwarded last year, the minister said. 

Apriyantono said the expression of Australia's preparedness to receive mangosteen from Indonesia was one of the results of his meeting with Australian Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Tony Burke in Canberra recently. 

The minister was in Canberra last November 10-12 to attend an Indonesia-Australia Ministerial Forum meeting. 

According to the minister, Australia had so far been hesitant to let in mangosteen from Indonesia because of concern about the possibility of fruit flies being carried along by the fruit. 

He said in exchange for the entry of Indonesian mangosteen into the Australian market, Australia had asked Indonesia to lower import duties on horticultural products from Australia. 

In response to Australia's request, Indonesia would consider it and at the same time ask Australia to lift its non-tariff barrier for Indonesian mangosteen and snakefruit, Apriyantono said. 

At the meeting with Burke, Apriyantono had also reminded Australia of an agreement reached in Working Group on Agriculture, Food and Forestry Cooperation (WGAFFC) meetings in Brisbane last year and in Solo last August that it would help Indonesia develop water transportation technolgy with cooler systems for export of tropical fruit. 

The main destinations of Indonesian fruit exports at present were Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Malaysia and the Middle East. 

In 2007, Indonesia exported 9,093 tons of mangosteen worth US$4.95 million accounting for 15 percent of national production. 

"A regulation on quarantine procedures for the Indonesian fruit exports is being discussed by both countries' agriculture ministries," he said. 

Demand for mangosteen in Australia was currently being met with imports from Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines since domestic production only yielded 300 tons per year. 

The fruit in Australia was mostly consumed by ethnic Asians in Sydney and Melbourne where fresh mangosteens cost A$60-70 AUSD per tray or about 20-30 fruits.

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