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)

Monday, August 5, 2013

Petition Calls for Animal Rights, Gives a Voice to the Voiceless

Jakarta Globe, Kriti Aggarwal, August 3, 2013

Surabaya Zoo, which is home to almost 3,000 animals, has come under fire
 for its gross negligence and mistreatment. (Photo courtesy of Jakarta Animal
Aid Network).

A tiger that tips the scales at 40 kilograms, a Javan warty pig found dead with traces of cyanide in its blood, and the tragic loss of a giraffe after consuming 20 kilograms of plastic are just some of the horror stories coming out of Surabaya Zoo.

The zoo, which has become notorious for numerous cases of animal mistreatment, is back in the news and has been making waves on social media — this time for the distressing pictures of a starving tiger, Melani, who is almost half the weight of a healthy adult tiger.

Dian Paramitha, an animal lover and animal protection activist, has found a way to call for action rather than wait for change to come.

“Seeing the condition of Melani the tigress broke my heart,” she says. “I decided I had to speak up for these animals that don’t have a voice.”

In response to the mistreatment at the zoo, Dian, who studies business and economics at a university in Yogyakarta, launched a petition directed at President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, calling for a National Commission for the Protection of Animals to be set up.

Initially, Dian created a petition to close down Surabaya Zoo, which is now the second-largest petition on Indonesia. But Dian decided to scrap that idea.

“Shutting down the zoo would create even more issues,” she says.

“There are almost 3,000 animals in that zoo. If we closed it down where would they go?”

Rehabilitation for release into the wild is not an option, as the zoo does not have the necessary facilities and resources for that.

“ seemed like the best option for me,” Dian explains.

“I could get many people to sign and show their support. This gave me the courage to eventually go up to the president and make my case.”

Dian admits that animal welfare is not just an issue at Surabaya Zoo, and that it should be dealt with on a national level. “If my petition goes through, I hope it can help set the standards for animal welfare in Indonesia, in zoos, farms and even on a domestic level,” she says.

Arief Aziz, communications director at in Indonesia, explains why it’s important to have petitions like the one started by Dian. “Recent events such as cruelty in zoos and dolphin circuses show that we are facing a state of animal emergency,” he says.

“We didn’t think animal issues would be this popular. Petitions like Dian’s are crucial to shedding light on these hidden issues.”

(Photo courtesy of Jakarta Animal
Aid Network).
In 2010, following a similar outcry after the death of another Sumatran tiger at Surabaya Zoo, a decree was issued to hand the zoo’s management over to the city administration. Melani’s plight is proof that the dire conditions there remain unchanged.

In fact, according to Medina Kamil, host of the nature travel show Petualangan, the transfer has done more harm than good.

“It’s not that the zoo doesn’t have the money or resources to feed the animals. The truth is that with the transfer, they’ve become politically affiliated, which has led to graft.”

“The money that the government spends on the animals doesn’t reach them. The staff take the meat and the vegetables meant for the animals. The cages of the animals are rented out for people to live in to generate even more money for themselves, while the animals roam free and unprotected.”

Medina advocates the petition wholeheartedly, with hopes that the National Commission will bring some law and order into the functioning of the zoo.

“The implementation of a legal system and a formal set of rules will result in fears of penalty, which will drastically reduce the cases of mistreatment of the helpless animals,” she says.

Amrita Mann, a Jakarta International School graduate and animal lover, is convinced that this petition can be an effective tool to promote knowledge and awareness of Indonesia’s biodiversity.

“This is an excellent step to regulate the handling of endangered species in Indonesia, which we currently lack,” Amrita says. “I would definitely invite everybody to sign this petition!”

Coming together will prove to be a big force. As Dian’s petition says, “Let’s speak up for those who cannot speak.” Your signature can change the life of Melani and countless other animals throughout Indonesia.

If you would like to see the full petition or add your signature, please visit

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