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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)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Sumatra Tiger Slayings Possibly Due to Illegal Trade, Not Conflict with Humans

The Jakarta Globe, Fidelis E. Satriastanti, March 9, 2009

A motion-sensitive camera captured this endangered tiger on film in Jambi Province, Sumatra. (Photo: Zoological Society of London Indonesia)

The trapping and killing of three endangered Sumatran tigers by residents of Indragiri Hilir district, Riau Province, in February, may have been related to the illegal trade in tiger body parts, an official said on Monday.

It had previously been reported that the tigers were killed near Tanjung Pasar village because residents felt threatened by the animals. Two tigers were killed on Feb.10 and the last was found dead on Feb. 16.

“We are still investigating the case but there are strong indications that the killings were also a part of the illegal trade in tigers,” said Syahimin, head of technical affairs at Riau’s Natural Resources of Conservation Center.

He said his office had already detained two villagers who were believed to have trapped and killed the tigers but they have not yet officially been named as suspects.

“We’re still questioning them and trying to develop a case on the possibility of illegal trading rather than on conflict issues,” he said. “One of villagers has already confessed to having sold a slain tiger but we’re still looking for more evidence.”

Meanwhile, Syamsidar, spokeswoman of the Riau branch of the World Wildlife Fund, or WWF, said it appeared the trappings were carried out by people with experience catching tigers.

“The traps couldn’t have been set up by ordinary people; professional expertise would’ve been needed to catch the tigers,” she said.

She said the killings were reported as being carried out by local villagers because the tigers had been spotted close to villages.

“The reports said the villagers took the initiative to prevent the tigers from attacking first, but they shouldn’t have acted on their own,” she said. “They should have contacted the authorities.”

She said she was worried that opportunists may have taken advantage of the situation in order to profit from the tigers.

“We all know that [Sumatran] tigers are worth a lot, so it’s possible some people may have convinced the locals to move against the tigers,” she said.

The total population of Sumatran tigers is thought to be less than 500, and continuing loss of habitat, illegal trade and conflict with humans are pushing them towards extinction.

Based on Ministry of Forestry data, an average of 33 tigers are killed each year — often for to be stuffed of for their fur — though more killings go unrecorded.

The price of a preserved full-grown tiger starts at Rp 25 million ($2,250) on the black market, while furs are sold for between Rp 12 million and Rp 25 million.

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