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)

Monday, February 9, 2009

House vows to pass agriculture bill soon

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Mon, 02/09/2009 6:25 PM

A bill that provides greater protection for the sustainability of agriculture will be passed by the House of Representatives before the end of its current term this year, with NGOs calling for bank credit for land ownership for farmers.

Once passed into law, the agriculture land sustainability bill will protect the country's farmlands from being converted into industrial and commercial areas.

Agusdin Pulungan, head of the Indonesian Agriculture and Fishing Association (WAMTI), said the law was urgently needed because of the large number of farmland being converted into industrial and commercial areas.

"Farmers sell their lands to industrial companies because it's much more profitable *than farming*," Agusdin told The Jakarta Post during a WAMTI hearing on the bill with the House on Thursday.

"That is why we need the bill to be passed, so the government can protect farmland to sustain domestic food resources, while at the same time improve farmers' welfare."

Data from the Agriculture Ministry shows a very slow rate of farmland development, especially for rice paddies, the country's main source for domestic food resources.

The ministry recorded that of the 7.7 million hectares of total rice paddies in the country in 1986, there was only a slight increase to 8.25 million hectares by 1996. By 2000, that figure had gone down to 7.79 million hectares.

The slow rate is due to the large number of farmland being converted into industrial and commercial sites.

"The Indonesian Farmer's Association *HKTI* records that such conversions reach 300,000 hectares per year, with 80 percent occurring in Java, the main domestic food resources area," said HKTI secretary Noer Soetjipto.

"It's very important that *once the bill is passed into law* the government immediately drafts a regulation *to put the law into execution*."

However, WAMTI deputy for advocacy Sri Naida warned that the bill should not focus entirely on Java.

"The law should also cover the issues of nomadic farmers in Kalimantan and agricultural areas located on coastlines," she said.

"And the most important thing the law should concern is the issue of farming as a source of livelihood in rural areas."

Winarno Tohir, head of the Farming and Fishery Contact Reliance (KTNA), also suggested the establishment of a bank that would focus on providing farmers with loans and credit for land ownership, as part of an effort to improve farmers' welfare. Large numbers of Indonesian farmers possess no land, but work as farming laborers, which Winarno pointed out as the condition that caused their poverty.

"There's credit for cars, houses and apartments. Why can't we have credit for farming?" he said.

Winarno, who also attended the hearing at the House, said the government needed to revise a clause in the agriculture sustainability bill to ensure basic prices for agricultural produce.

"Clause number 55 in the bill states that the government guarantees *profitable food commodities prices'. I suggest the government should regulate a *basic price' for farming commodities," he said.

Hilman Indra, deputy chairman of House Commission IV, said the bill would be passed "as soon as possible, probably before the end of our tenure in 2009". (hdt)

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