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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)

Monday, September 29, 2008

RI yanks Chinese dairy-based products

The Jakarta Post,  Jakarta  

Indonesia is pulling 28 types of Chinese-made dairy products from stores for investigation, as a worldwide frenzy erupts over findings of tainted and severely hazardous dairy products from the mainland.

The products include Oreo cookies and wafers, Indoeskrim Meiji's Gold Monas ice cream, M&Ms milk chocolate candies, Snickers candy bars, and Nestle UHT milk, the Drug and Food Monitoring Agency (BPOM) said Tuesday.

The action is being taken following reports that four infants in China were killed and more than 6,240 sickened after consuming formula milk products contaminated with melamine -- commonly found in plastics, fertilizers and cleaning agents, and which is used illegally to boost the protein content of dairy products.

Despite the limited number of dairy products from China in the local market, BPOM head Husniah Rubiana Thamrin warned consumers to be alert to the possibility of melamine contamination in some dairy items, including yogurt, candy and ice cream.

"That's why we're pulling them from the market, to prevent any possible poisoning similar to what we've seen in China," she said, adding that all regional offices had been notified to pull the products from stores and test them.

"I have talked with all importers about the decision and they have agreed to report to us and help recall the products," she said on the sidelines of a hearing with the House of Representatives' Commission VIII, which oversees religious, social and women's affairs.

"We will immediately examine the products' content to check whether they contain the chemical substance melamine," she added.

Nestle Indonesia, through its head of communications, released a response saying that all of its dairy-based products were safe for consumption and contained no harmful substances.

"Our products are controlled routinely and thoroughly to ensure that they comply with local standards as well as Nestl* standards," said Brata T. Hardjosubroto.

Thomas Darmawan, chairman of the Indonesian Food and Drinks Producers Association, expressed similar views, saying consumers should not panic, because Chinese dairy products only accounted for a tiny proportion of the country's dairy product imports.

"I hardly see imports of raw material from China for the production of dairy products," Darmawan said as reported by Reuters.

Indonesia imports about 250,000-300,000 tons of powdered milk annually, mostly from Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

The BPOM's Husniah added Indonesia had temporarily banned imports of dairy products from China.

"We will resume the imports only after we have finished our investigations," she said. (ewd)

List of products: 

1.Jinwei Yogoo various fruit-flavored fermented milk
2.Jinwei Yogoo fruit-flavored fermented milk
3.Jinwei Yogoo plain milk
4.Guozhen full cream milk
5.Indoeskrim Meiji Gold Monas chocolate-flavored
6.Indoeskrim Meiji Gold Monas vanilla-flavored
7.Oreo wafer stick
8.Oreo chocolate sandwich
9.Oreo cookie
10.M&Ms milk chocolate candy
11.Snickers nugget biscuit
12.Snickers chocolate various flavors
13.Dove Choc
14.Yoghurt natural choice
15.Yoghurt flavored
16.Yoghurt ice bar with real fruit
17.Yili bean club matcha red bean ice bar
18.Yili bean club red bean ice bean
19.Yili prestige
20.Chocliz dark chocolate bar
21.Yili Superbean chestnut ice bar
22.Nestl* dairy farm UHT pure milk, 1 liter
23.Yili high-calcium low-fat milk beverage
24.Yili high-calcium milk beverage
25.Yili pure milk, 250 ml and 1 liter
26.Dutch lady strawberry-flavored
27.White rabbit creamy candy
28.Yili choice dairy frozen yogurt bar 

Source: Health Ministry