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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, January 14, 2014

Singapore to Increase Penalties for Animal Abuse

Jakarta Globe – AFP, January 14, 2014

A woman (L) walks with her pet dog on a street in Singapore on Jan. 14, 2014.
(AFP Photo/Roslan Rahman)

Singapore. Singapore will impose stiffer penalties for animal abuse, Law Minister K Shanmugam said Tuesday, following a recent spate of high-profile cases including the poisoning of stray dogs and attacks on cats.

Speaking at the opening of an Asian conference on animal welfare, Shanmugam, who is also foreign minister, said Singapore wants to send a “strong deterrent message” through changes in legislation.

Citing statistics on animal abuse in Singapore, he pointed out a “worrying growth” in the number of cases reported.

Within the last five years, the number of animal welfare and cruelty cases handled by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has surged by more than 65 percent, according to Shanmugam, who is known for his love of animals.

Suspected cases of serial animal abuse have also been reported in local media, including stray dogs killed or poisoned and cats being slashed or beaten to death in 2013.

People convicted of cruelty to animals are currently subject to a fine of up to Sg$10,000 ($7,900), a jail term of up to a year, or both.

Shanmugam did not mention details of the planned legislation in his speech but Louis Ng, chief executive of campaign group Animal Concerns Research and Education Society, said a bill will be introduced in parliament this year to increase the maximum fine to Sg$50,000 for repeat offenders.

In January 2014, the AVA began implementing new pet-shop licensing conditions to tackle impulse buying. There will be no sale of pets to individuals under 16 year old.

Animal-cruelty cases have become a major public issue in Singapore, a wealthy island where most people live in compact high-rise apartments.

Hundreds of pets are being abandoned each month after the novelty wears off or when they grow too big to care for.

Agence France-Presse

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