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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, February 11, 2014

Danes defend zoo's killing of giraffe

Google – AFP, Sören Billing (AFP), 10 February 2014

A healthy young giraffe named Marius lies on the ground after being shot dead
 at Copenhagen zoo on Febuary 9, 2014 despite an online petition to save it 
(Scanpix Denmark/AFP, Kasper Palsnov)

Copenhagen — Many Danes on Monday defended the killing of a healthy giraffe at Copenhagen zoo that triggered outrage after it was skinned and fed to lions in front of visitors.

Zoo staff received death threats after the killing on Sunday of the 18-month-old animal, named Marius, which shocked animal lovers around the world.

Thousands signed an online petition to save him, with a billionaire even offering to buy him and keep him in her Beverly Hills garden.

But in Denmark, a nation with many farms, an overwhelming majority of social media users felt the global outcry was a sign of hypocrisy and political correctness.

A leading expert on the ethics of the treatment of animals decried the "Disneyfication" of zoo creatures.

A journalist for the Politiken newspaper, Kristian Madsen, wrote on Twitter: "The whole world has gone crazy. What do they imagine the lions eat on days without a treat such as Marius' Brussel sprouts'"

Dorte Dejbjerg Arens, a project coordinator, said: "I'm still livid over Marius. How can people get so hysterical over a giraffe while cancer, the war in Syria and the (anti-immigrant) Danish People's Party still exist."

'Romantic image of animals'

The giraffe was put down with a bolt gun and then chopped up and fed to lions in the zoo, as visitors including children looked on.

The zoo said on its website it had no choice other than to prevent the animal attaining adulthood since under European Association of Zoos and Aquaria rules, inbreeding between giraffes is to be avoided.

One expert said the relatively muted public reaction in Denmark could partly be explained by cultural factors.

Picture taken on Febuary 7, 2014 shows a healthy young giraffe named Marius 
who was shot dead and autopsied in the presence of visitors to Copenhagen zoo on
 Febuary 9, 2014 despite an online petition to save it signed by thousands of animal
lovers (Scanpix Denmark/AFP, Keld Navntoft)

"Denmark was urbanised relatively late, which is why the general opinion here is that it's okay to keep and kill animals as long as you treat them well," said Peter Sandoee, a professor of bioethics at the University of Copenhagen.

"Animal rights activists in Denmark aren't nearly as strong as they are in Britain or the US."
Arguing that "one of the most fundamental aspects of animals' conditions in the wild is that only a fraction of them survive," Sandoee lashed out at what he called the "Disneyfication" of zoos.

"You take this very romantic image of animals as people with fur or feathers. Animals are viewed as a type of citizen, with the implication that they should be treated on par with fellow human beings."

A zoo's primary job should be to preserve different species and contribute to learning about how animals live in the wild, he said.

In the past, the Copenhagen zoo had allowed tigers and lions to reproduce, killing the "surplus offspring" rather than castrating the animals or giving them contraceptives, he added.

"I think Copenhagen Zoo takes a progressive stance here because in doing so they (mimic) the animals' natural life," he said.

Copenhagen Zoo said two other zoos had offered to take the giraffe, but that one was already part of the same breeding programme, while the other didn't have the same code of ethics.

"They would not, for example, sign a statement saying they wouldn't sell their animals to a circus, and we can't just close our eyes and send our animals anywhere," scientific director Bengt Holst told public broadcaster DR.

The Natural History Museum in Aarhus has invited children to visit to watch autopsies on animals this week, which is when many students have their winter break.

"An experience that triggers ... the curiosity and most senses!" the museum said in a statement.

Among the animals set to be dissected in public are a raccoon, a badger and a blackbuck, a type of antelope.

Organisers told Politiken that the event normally attracts between 7,000 and 8,000 people.

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