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)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Greenpeace Urges Nestle Third-Party Suppliers to Drop Sinar Mas

Jakarta Globe, Putri Prameshwari, Arti Ekawati & Irvan Tisnabudi, March 18, 2010

Having persuaded Nestle, the world’s largest food maker, to stop buying palm oil from the Sinar Mas Group, Greenpeace on Thursday urged Nestle’s third-party suppliers to stop doing business with the Indonesian plantation company.

Bustar Maitar, leader of the environmental group’s Southeast Asia forest team, claimed that Sinar Mas had destroyed tropical rainforests and peatlands to set up its palm oil plantations. He said that despite Nestle’s commitment to saving the rainforests, the food giant was still using palm oil produced by Sinar Mas and sold to third-party suppliers.

According to a Greenpeace report released on Wednesday, Nestle purchases palm oil products from companies supplied by Sinar Mas, including US commodities giant Cargill and Netherlands-based Loders Croklaan, a subsidiary of the IOI Group.

“The third-party [suppliers] contribute 70 percent of palm oil [used by Nestle],” Bustar said. “Despite their announcement canceling their direct orders with Sinar Mas, Nestle will still be using palm oil from Sinar Mas in Kit Kats. Our campaign will continue until Nestle has cut the Sinar Mas Group from its supply chain completely.”

In a statement released on Wednesday, Nestle said it has dropped Sinar Mas Group as a supplier of palm oil and replaced it with an unidentified supplier.

Gandi Sulistiyanto, managing director of Sinar Mas Group, said he understood that Nestle was under pressure, but that “if buyers don’t want to buy from sellers, we can’t do anything.”

He added that Sinar Mas would continue to ask Nestle executives to discuss the issues raised by Greenpeace.

The Greenpeace report claimed that Nestle uses 320,000 tons of palm oil annually, up from 170,000 tons in 2007.

Bustar said Nestle was one of the 40 companies that formed a coalition that vowed in early 2008 to terminate their contracts with palm oil producers that destroy rainforests. “Nestle is one of the biggest companies [in the coalition],” he said. “Therefore we want to see them prove their words.”

So far, Bustar said, only four of the 40 companies have committed to their agreement. The other companies are Unilever, which canceled its contract with Sinar Mas three months ago, Kraft and Royal Dutch Shell.

Brata Hardjosubroto, head of public relations at PT Nestle Indonesia, said, “We have studied the Greenpeace report and we share the deep concern about the serious environmental threat to rainforests and peatlands in Southeast Asia caused by the planting of palm oil plantations. Nestle recently announced its commitment to using only certified sustainable palm oil by 2015, when sufficient quantities should be available.”

“We will continue to pressure our suppliers to eliminate any sources of palm oil which are related to rainforest destruction and to provide valid guarantees of traceability as quickly as possible,” he added.

The Indonesian Palm Oil Association (Gapki) said it regretted that Greenpeace’s actions had led two major international companies to stop purchasing palm oil from Indonesia.

“These repeating cases must be stopped immediately since it has already happened twice,” Joko Supriyono, Gapki’s secretary general, told the Jakarta Globe. “It isn’t impossible that the same case will happen and happen again if we, as a producer country, do not do something about it.”

Therefore, he said Gapki will ask the government, including the trade and agriculture ministries, to respond. “We have to see this as a serious matter and with government’s involvement hopefully palm oil producers will have a stronger bargaining position with end-buyers,” he said.

T rade and agriculture officials were not available for immediate comments.

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