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.

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"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)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Police in Guangdong find another 'tiger slaughter' party

Want China Times, Staff Reporter 2014-04-05

A tiger is killed in Leizhou, Guangdong province. (Internet photo)

Butchering exotic animals for their meat, including tigers, has become a popular practice at galas held by wealthy residents of Leizhou county in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province.

Hosts often kill the animal while guests watch. In March, police in Leizhou discovered the butchering of a tiger, the tenth of the endangered animal to be slaughtered in the county in recent years, according to Guangzhou's Southern Daily.

An inside source said the tiger had been heavily anesthetized for transport to the venue. A distressing video tape of a similar slaughter in Leizhou two years ago showed a person first inserting a stick with a wired iron ingot attached to the end into the mouth of a tiger before starting a diesel oil-fueled generator and electrocuting the animal for 10 seconds. Still alive, the animal lay prostrate on the floor gasping for breath. A butcher then kills the animal for a reported fee of 1,000 yuan (US$160).

Insiders say that the slaughter of tigers has persisted in Leizhou for years despite the government ban, according to the paper. Tiger bones fetch 14,000 yuan (US$2,250) per kilogram, tiger meat fetches 1,000 yuan per kg, and tiger-bone liquor 1,000 yuan per kg. These items have already been pre-sold before the slaughter takes place, according to the paper.

With adult tigers weighing 150-200 kg and a purchase price of 200,000-300,000 yuan (US$32,000-$48,000), there is a profit margin of over 100,000 yuan (US$16,000). Tiger bones are used in traditional Chinese medicine and many businesspeople buy tiger meat or bone as gifts for government officials, despite a ban on the trade in tiger parts.

The tigers are reportedly supplied by breeders in Anhui and Henan provinces; there are no wild tigers in Leizhou, which as a peninsula used to be renowned for the large numbers of tigers roaming its wilderness.

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