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 2, 2009

Perhutani Favors Lifting Ban on Teak Exports

Jakarta Globe, Arti Ekawati, February 1, 2009

State-owned forestry company PT Perhutani said it supported the government’s plan to lift the ban on teak log exports so it could export its excess supply due to weak domestic demand. 

“We can export 90,000 to 100,000 square meters of teak logs,” said Upiek Rosalina Wasrin, chief executive of Perhutani. “I hope Perhutahi can [start] exporting it this year.” 

Upiek said that exporting high quality teak logs was urgent because the domestic market can only absorb a small number of good quality teak due to its high price. High class teak logs sell for Rp 20 million ($1,760) per square meter in the international market. 

Perhutani produced 300,000 square meters of high-quality teak wood in 2008. The domestic market can only absorb about 10,000-15,000 square meters for the furniture industry. The demand could further decline this year due to the economic slowdown. 

“Perhutani would gladly welcome the move, should the government open licenses to export logs since we can sell it to the international market,” Upiek said. 

Taking its high price into consideration, Upiek is targeting the high-end furniture industry overseas as consumers. 

Upiek also emphasized that the company would only export premium-quality teak logs and retain medium-quality teak for the domestic market. 

Earlier, Forestry Minister M.S. Kaban said the government could lift the ban on log exports from industrial forests in anticipation of a decrease in demand in the domestic market because of the global crisis. One reason why exports of teak logs was banned was to control illegal logging. 

Meanwhile, Elfian Effendi, executive director of Greenomics, a nongovernmental organization, said the government should lift the ban on log exports only to Japan. The exports, he said, should only be allowed if Japan intended to erase Indonesian debt. 

“If Japan agrees to use log exports as a form of compensation to erase Indonesia’s debt, then log exports can be allowed,” Elfian said in December. 

According to Elfian, more than 70 percent of Indonesia’s foreign debt is with Japan. In addition, Japan always asks Indonesia to open teak log exports to the country.

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