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)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Nestle Shows its Sweet Side to Greenpeace, Sinar Mas in Indonesian Palm Oil Fight

Jakarta Globe, Faisal Maliki Baskoro, May 17, 2010

An activist wearing an orangutan mask protesting at Nestle’s Jakarta offices. Nestle dropped Sinar Mas as a supplier amid Greenpeace accusations that the palm oil producer was contributing to deforestation. (EPA Photo)

Nestle sent mixed signals on Monday regarding its intentions on palm oil, garnering praise from both Greenpeace and one of the environmental group’s frequent targets, Sinar Mas Group.

Nestle, the world’s biggest food group, announced that it was committed to stop using products that contributed to the destruction of rainforests, and to that end had entered a partnership with The Forest Trust environmental group, which helps companies establish responsible supply chains.

This comes after a months-long social media campaign by Greenpeace highlighting Nestle’s purchase of crude palm oil from Sinar Mas Group, which Greenpeace accuses of destruction of rainforests and peatlands to make way for plantations. The allegations prompted Nestle to drop Sinar Mas as a supplier in March.

Pat Venditti, head of the Greenpeace International Forest Campaign, praised Nestle.

“Nestle’s move sends a clear message to Sinar Mas and to the rest of the palm oil and paper industries that rainforest destruction is not acceptable in the global marketplace. They need to clean up their act and move to implement a moratorium on rainforest destruction and full peatland protection.

“Greenpeace will closely monitor and push for the rapid implementation of Nestle’s plan,” Venditti said in a statement.

However, Bloomberg and Agence France-Presse reported on the same day that a Nestle executive at a seminar on palm oil and deforestation in Kuala Lumpur said the company might resume buying palm oil from PT Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology if an “independent” audit shows Greenpeace’s allegations are baseless.

Nestle executive vice president Jose Lopez was quoted by Bloomberg as saying that “if Sinar Mas, or anybody else, does a proper job on quality, on traceability, on having a transparent supply chain, of course we will buy from them .... After this whole audit is completed, we will make the right decision at that time.”

However, Lopez also said the company was concerned with criticism over deforestation.

In April, Sinar Mas Group appointed two bodies, Control Union Certification and the BSI Group, to assess Greenpeace’s claims. However, Greenpeace has questioned the neutrality of the groups, which have been approved by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, a trade body of producers and buyers.

Bustar Maitar, of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, on Monday said The Forest Trust was a neutral organization, but questioned the impartiality of Sinar Mas’s self-appointed auditing teams.

“We suspected that Sinar Mas’s assessment might be biased and not transparent. If Nestle continues to buy from Sinar Mas it will only prove that our suspicions were true,” he said. “If Nestle decides that our evidence is baseless, we will continue to press on and won’t stop campaigning.”

He said that if Greenpeace’s evidence of deforestation was proven, then Nestle had no choice but to sever all ties with Sinar Mas.

Fajar Reksoprodjo, corporate communications director at Sinar Mas, said it appreciated Nestle’s professionalism and looked forward to doing business again after a clear and independent assessment was announced.

“Everyone should wait for the assessment report for an accurate and legitimate information,” he said, adding that the report was expected to be completed around July.

Achmad Manggabarani, director general of plantation crops at the Agriculture Ministry, said the Greenpeace campaign was controlled by foreign interests.

“Foreign countries saw palm oil as having the potential to trigger climate change, but so far there hasn’t been accurate research that proves that.”

Additional reporting by Ardian Wibisono, Arti Ekawati & Budi Otmansyah

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