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)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

WWF Welcomes EU Application of Tighter Timber Regulations

Jakarta Globe, Alina Musta’idah, March 05, 2013

A laborer transports timber in Cianjur, West Java in this 2010 file photo.
 The European Union earlier this year gave its full recognition to Indonesian
 timber products that come with a wood certification document based on
the Timber Legality Verification System (SVLK). (JG Photo/Rezza Estily)  
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he World Wildlife Fund on Tuesday welcomed the European Union’s implementation of tighter timber regulations aimed at barring the entry of illegal woods and wood products into the markets of its 27 members.

The EU officially began imposing additional controls on its timber product imports under the EU Timber Regulation on Sunday, which seeks to ascertain whether wood products are derived from legal sources.

“The implementation of the EUTR clearly helps conservation efforts in Indonesia. There should be more forestry companies putting into effect good timber management, so that the programs initiated by the Global Forest and Trade Network [GFTN] will become increasingly relevant,” Nazir Foead, the director of conservation with WWF-Indonesia, said.
Nazir, however, noted that the EUTR was still only dealing with the legality of products and not whether the products was produced in a sustainable manner.

“The identification and management of high conservation value forests, for example, is not something protected by the EUTR. And although this policy is a positive step, each business practitioner is hoped to implement a green procurement policy,” he said.

The EU earlier this year gave its full recognition to Indonesian timber products that come with a wood certification document based on the Timber Legality Verification System (SVLK).

Indonesia developed the SVLK as part of its commitment to curbing trade in illegally harvested wood. The verification system was effective for Indonesia’s wood exports as of Jan. 1. So far more than 200 companies across Indonesia have sought the certification for their goods for exports.

With the EU’s recognition of the SVLK, the government has said that it hopes its forestry product exports would rise substantially from their current level of $1.2 billion annually, especially since the European Union is one of the main markets for Indonesian forestry products.

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has estimated that illegal wood products could result in Rp 300 trillion worth of losses. It also said that illegal logging threatened the livelihoods of people living in and around forests, as well as future sustainability.

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