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

Nestle drops Indonesian supplier on rainforest concerns

Money, Sharon Singleton, 17, 2010 | 11:42

Nestle on Wednesday followed food giants Unilever and Kraft in cancelling palm oil supply contracts with an Indonesian company accused of destroying rainforest habitats that are home to endangered orangutans.

The maker of KitKat, Rolo and Coffee Crisp said it was taking the action following a review of its palm oil sources to ensure its suppliers are meeting environmental standards.

The company said it replaced Sinar Mas, Indonesia’s biggest palm oil producer, with another supplier for future shipments.

“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,” the company said in a statement on its website.

“We will not portray palm oil as free of such oils unless such guarantees are clear and reliable.”

The action by the consumer product giants came following pressure from environmental group Greenpeace. Activists from the group staged a protest at Nestle’s headquarters and factories in the U.K., Netherlands and Germany on Wednesday to highlight the problem.

Vevey, Switzerland-based Nestle’s annual use of palm oil has almost doubled in the past three years to 320,000 tonnes, Greenpeace said. The company also uses the product in ice cream, baby cereals and infant formula.

Anglo-Dutch consumer products group Unilever ended its 20-million pound annual contract with Sinar Mas in December, while Kraft cut its ties in February.

Unilever, maker of Hellmann’s mayonnaise and Dove soaps, also said it found Sinar Mas subsidiary PT Smart was failing to meet environmental sustainability standards.

“If PT SMART are able to come forward with concrete proof that they are not involved in unacceptable environmental practices then we would certainly re-consider our position,” Unilever Chief Procurement Officer Marc Engel said in a statement at the time.

Greenpeace claims Sinar Mas is breaking Indonesian law and ignoring its commitments as a member of the Round Table of Sustainable Palm Oil by expanding into the rainforests that are home to the apes.

PT Smart wrote to clients in February this year saying it was taking action to improve its environmental practices. The company pledged its commitment to not destroying high value conservation areas and not converting peat-rich soils to cut carbon emissions.

Nestle also confirmed Wednesday that it does not source paper from Sinar Mas unit Asian Pulp and Paper.

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