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.

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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)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Report Says Rhino Poaching On the Rise Worldwide; Indonesian Species Under Threat



Video cameras are used to monitor and study the Javan rhinos in the 120,551-hectare Ujung Kulon National Park in West Java. (Photo: JG/WWF)

Rhino poaching is on the rise worldwide, including in Indonesia where the endangered Javan and Sumatran rhinos remains under threat, according to a report released on Wednesday by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and wildlife trade monitoring group Traffic.

The trade is being driven by Asian demand for horns and is made worse by increasingly sophisticated poachers, who now are using veterinary drugs, poison, cross bows and high caliber weapons to kill rhinos, the report stated.

Since 2006 the majority (95 percent) of the poaching in Africa has occurred in Zimbabwe and South Africa, according to new data. However, there is still concern about the security of endangered rhino populations in Asia, conservationists said.

“Sumatran and Javan rhino range countries need to increase efforts to better assess the current status of many of their rhino populations, to enhance field law enforcement efforts prevent further encroachment and land transformation in rhino areas and improve biological management of remaining rhinos to ensure the few remaining Sumatran and Javan Rhino numbers increase,” Dr. Bibhab Kumar Talukdar, chair of the IUCN Asian Rhino Specialist Group said in a statement.

The report stated that the Javan rhino was critically endangered and that worryingly, the population, estimated at between only 38 to 44 animals, was now in decline. The report recommended immediate action to establish a second population of the species in Indonesia.

While the number of Sumatran rhinos was listed as being stable by the report, it criticized a lack of government action on rhino conservation efforts and stated that the destruction of habitat and encroachment of national park boundaries by industry and palm oil plantations put the population at risk.

No firm data was available on incidence of Sumatran rhino poaching, but the report said there was an urgent need for clearer figures on the population of the species. It is estimated that there are between 140-200 Sumatran rhinos remaining in Indonesia.

According to the report, most rhino horns leaving southern Africa are destined for medicinal markets in southeast and east Asia, especially Vietnam, and also China.

JG

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