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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, September 9, 2014

Two More Elephants Found Dead in Aceh, Police Suspect Poachers

Jakarta Globe, Nurdin Hasan, Sep 08, 2014

A dead Sumatran elephant with its tusks removed was found in Aceh
Jaya district. (Antara Photo/Anwar)

Banda Aceh. Police in Aceh are on the hunt for suspected poachers after two more elephants were found dead with their tusks brutally removed.

The grisly find at a palm oil plantation in East Aceh district on Sunday, the same day an elephant was found dead in Aceh Jaya district, brings the total number of elephants found dead in the province this year to six.

The Aceh Jaya elephant was also found with its tusks removed.

Aceh Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Gustav Leo said officers were on the site where the two dead animals were found by residents, about 200 meters apart, at a plantation in Jambo Reuhat village, Banda Alam subdistrict.

Gustav said the police strongly suspected the elephants were killed for their tusks.

“Looking at the horrible condition of the elephants and the fact that their tusks are missing, this strongly suggests they were intentionally killed,” Gustav said.

Idris, a resident, said the elephants seemed to have been shot before their tusks were removed.

“There were gunshot wounds in the elephants’ necks,” Idrus said.

The elephants were found some eight kilometers from the nearest village.

Gustav said Aceh Police were committed to solving the case, adding that in April officers had to release several suspected poachers because of a lack of evidence of their involvement in the killing of an elephant in Teupin Panah village, in Aceh Besar district.

Genman Suhefti Hasibuan, head of the Aceh Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA), said on Sunday that only about 450 to 500 elephants still live in Aceh.

Elephant habitats have increasingly come under threat in the province, where enormous swaths of land are being cleared for industrial use. Villagers cite elephants’ encroachment on plantation areas as an aggravating factor in often violent responses.

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