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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)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Activist Slams Killing of Endangered Javan Leopard

Jakarta Globe, Dyah Ayu Pitaloka, October 6, 2013

An activist with ProFauna Indonesia has decried the recent killing of an
endangered Javan leopard. (Photo courtesy of CIFOR)

Malang, East Java. The population of the Javan leopard in Bromo Tengger Semeru national park is estimated to be less than 10 due to persistent illegal hunting and habitat destruction, an environmentalist has said.

“ The number of Javan leopards continues to drop,” ProFauna Indonesia chairman Rosek Nursahid said.

He slammed the shooting of a leopard on Wednesday by authorities when the big cat invaded a house in a village in the East Java regency of Lumajang and attacked three officers who were attempting to have it evacuated.

The leopard, believed to be from the forest-covered slopes of nearby Mount Semeru, ran into the house in Sumber village after being spotted and subsequently chased by locals who were attempting to drive it away, according to Taman Safari Indonesia director Tony Sumampauw.

The big cat invaded a house belonging to Mulyadi, who immediately fled along with his family.

The villagers asked for help from the local authorities, and a team from Taman Safari II in Prigen, East Java, was sent to evacuate the animal.

“It was a premature to shoot the animal,” Rosek said.

The prominent activist said the leopard left its habitat after becoming disoriented following a change in its boundaries due to illegal logging.

He urged authorities to boost their monitoring efforts to prevent more illegal loggers destroy the wild animal’s habitat.

“Besides leopards, the national park is also inhabited by deer, monkeys and other rare animals,” he said.

Official Ayu Dewi Utari, however, dismissed suggestions that the leopard attacked villagers because its habitat was destroyed, arguing that the animal was only separated from its mother and got lost.

“There is nothing wrong with the animal’s habitat. They have plenty of food and water within the park to consume during the dry season. The leopard was just lost. The shooting was also in compliance with the regulations,” she said.

The Javan leopard, Panthera pardus melas , is a subspecies of leopard confined to the island of Java.

It has been classified as critically endangered animal by the International Union for Conservation of Nature since 2008, with a population estimated to consist of 250 mature individuals in the wild. It is protected under Indonesian law.

An official previously said the leopard likely entered the village to search for water or hunt for goats reared by villagers, as the dry season made water and prey scarce on the mountain.

In August, several families living in Seluma, Bengkulu province, were forced to flee their homes after receiving reports that a tiger was seen close by.

A local community leader in the village of Puguk said the tiger remained in the area for eight hours after the sighting before disappearing again into the forest.

Habitat destruction has led to a large decrease in the population of big cats across the archipelago.

The Sumatran tiger has had much of its habitat destroyed as lands are cleared for palm oil and paper plantations.

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