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)

Friday, April 23, 2010

News focus: forest mafia fight focused on Sumatra, Kalimantan

Antara News, Andi Abdussalam, Friday, April 23, 2010

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government`s joint team of investigators from the police force, prosecutor`s office and the ministry of forestry will focus its first phase investigations on alleged forest mafia cases in North Sumatra and Central Kalimantan provinces.

"We have set 2010 as the year of law enforcement in the forestry field. In the first phase, investigations will focus on alleged forest crimes in North Sumatra and Central Kalimantan," Aulia Ibrahim, forest investigation and protection director of the Directorate General of Forest Protection and Nature Preservation (PHKA), said.

In the two provinces, a number of companies are believed to have annexed state forests. In North Sumatra, for example, there are 21 plantation companies which have allegedly annexed state forests. In the first phase, five major firms of the 21 companies will become the operation target of the team.

"Two owners of the five firms have been investigated and those of the other three companies are now in the process of being named suspects," Aulia Ibrahim said.

The joint team is launching operations against forest crimes following President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono`s instruction that mafia behind forest crimes should be eliminated.

The president also instructed all regional government heads, namely governors and district heads to help protect forest in their respective regions.

According to Aulia Ibrahim, all of the regional government heads are also ordered to take stock of damaged forests for rehabilitation purposes. All forest squatters must be expelled from production, protected and conserved forest areas.

"All forest squatters must get out of production and protected forest areas controlled by the governmet," Aulia Ibrahim said.

In an effort to fight all kinds of forest crimes in the current year of law enforcement in the forestry fields, the government will act indiscriminately upon all forest offenses.

"All violators will be acted upon indiscriminately," Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan said meanwhile. The minister even disclosed that the joint team was also conducting an investigation into an alleged forest mafia case at his own ministry.

However, Zulkifli Hasan is still waiting for the results of the investigation. "The joint team of investigators from the police, the prosecutor`s office and forestry ministry is still carrying out its investigation. I could not yet disclose how many names now being examined," the minister said after granting a 14,000 hectare community forest concession for five thousand farmers in Lampung province on Thursday.

The investigation is being launched to follow up a report by a number of non-governmental organizations about the presence of forest mafia in the forestry sector. However the minister acknowledged that he has not received any report so far about the results of the joint team`s investigation.

"I cannot yet talk a lot about the matter before the team accomplished its task. It is unethical for me to speak about it while the team has not yet finished its investigation," the minister said.

The results of the investigation will be reported to the president. Believing that forest mafia did exist, the president in a cabinet meeting last week ordered the judicial mafia task force to examine various forest offenses whose cases received lenient punishment or even acquitted by the court.

"I believe a mafia is behind the illegal logging activities. I call on the judicial mafia eradication task force to also tackle this problem, reduce and put an end to these activities," the president said before leaving for Hanoi, Vietnam, to attend an Asean summit recently.

According to data, out of a total of 92 illegal logging cases handled in courts recently, 49 ended in acquittals, 24 with jail sentences averaging only one year and 19 with jail sentences between one and two years.

"This will not have a deterrent effect. Therefore, the President has ordered the task force to examine the court verdicts to see why they were so lenient," Informatics and Communications Minister Tifatul Sembiring said after the cabinet meeting last week.

Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan said that the mafia task force would carry out auditing in all regions where illegal logging were still rampant and where forests had been turned into plantations without licenses from the forestry ministry.

"The task force will be fielded to carry out auditing of cases suspected to involve abuse of power by regional government heads, such as the issuance of licenses for conversions of production and protected forest functions, and conversion of forests into oil palm plantations," the minister said.

After all, there are many forest areas and plantation areas are overlapping with each other. In West Kalimantan for example, the local government of a certain district has issued licenses for plantation firms whose areas overlap those of forests.

"In a certain district, the local government has issued a license for plantation firms to operate on hundreds of thousands of hectares which overlap forest areas," Head of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation of West Kalimantan Forestry Service, Sunarno said.
But he reluctant to mention the name of the district concerned in West Kalimantan.

He revealed that data in 2008 showed the local district government had issued licenses for 42 plantation firms, with areas covering 300,000 hectares. These areas overlapped forest areas.

For this year, the latest data showed that the local government had issued licenses for 84 plantation companies. "Logically, the plantation areas overlapping those of state forests must be wider than the 300,000 hectares," Sunarno said.

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