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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)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Pramuka, Barito to move out to curb spread of bird flu

Triwik Kurniasari , THE JAKARTA POST , JAKARTA | Sat, 03/07/2009 11:50 AM

Of feathers and flu: Shoppers browse for birds being sold along Jl. Barito in South Jakarta. Around 200 bird, fruit and fish traders have refused to move from the area, following the city administration’s plan to relocate them in a bid to halt the spread of bird flu. (JP/Arief Suhardiman)

The city administration plans to relocate the two bird markets of Pramuka in Central Jakarta and Barito in South Jakarta to other locations away from residential areas, to help curb the spread of bird flu.

Edy Setiarto, head of the city’s husbandry, fishery and maritime agency, said possible new locations could include Ragunan in South Jakarta and Cibubur in East Jakarta.

“We have spread information [about the relocation] to the vendors. I hope all vendors can understand this plan for the sake of public health,” he said.

Pramuka Market, the biggest bird market in the city and perhaps even the country, is located in a densely populated area. The market is also known for its thriving underground trade in monkeys, owls, parrots and other exotic animals.

Although the police and administration offices are within walking distance of the market, the trade in rare and endangered animals there persists.

Barito is also a popular destination for bird lovers, with tropical birds, fish and rabbits on offer.

Deputy Governor Prijanto said he hoped that by April 2010, no live fowl would be sold at traditional markets in the capital any longer.

“The 2010 target is part of Jakarta’s long-term plan to halt the spread of bird flu,” he said.

The administration will also relocate poultry slaughterhouses, especially those located in residential areas.

The agency has named five new locations for poultry slaughterhouses, including Rawa Kepiting and Cakung in East Jakarta; Rorotan in North Jakarta; Petukangan in South Jakarta, and Kalideres in West Jakarta.

But only Rawa Kepiting is currently ready to accommodate the relocated poultry vendors, Edy said.

“The construction is 90 percent complete. We have provided slaughter areas that can hold more than 75,000 chicken, as well as cold storage facilities,” he added.

The 2-hectare Rawa Kepiting site will have the largest capacity, able to hold up 100,000 fowl a day.

“We’re now trying to improve the roads heading to the site. We need about Rp 6 billion [US$503,477] to build a new location,” Edy said.

“All fowl should be provided with health documents stating they are free from bird flu.”

Major slaughterhouses in Pulogadung, East Jakarta, will not be relocated because “we regard them as having good sanitation systems”, he added.

The planned restructuring of chicken farms and processing plants in the capital is in line with key points in the much-lauded 2007 bylaw on poultry husbandry.

Chicken traders registering to move to the new sites must have their poultry checked by the agency at a cost of Rp 25 per chicken.

Those missing the April target face six-month jail sentences and fines of up to Rp 50 million.

Some vendors have expressed objections to the plan, pointing out the new locations are far from the city center where their customers live.

The city administration also plans to work closely with neighboring cities like Tangerang in Banten, and Bekasi and Sukabumi in West Java. The cities supply large quantities of live fowl to Jakarta.

“We have urged the cities not to send livestock to Jakarta, and instead only supply meat,” Edy said.

The agency says some 1,342,000 fowl are kept inside and around residential areas in the capital. It also recorded some 1,200 illegal poultry slaughterhouses, 250 chicken shelters and 229 duck farms.

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