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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)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

British husband and wife jailed over 'appalling' animal cruelty

RSPCA found more than 40 pets in small, squalid rooms with no natural light

The Guardian, Steven Morris and agency, Wednesday 11 March 2015

The RSPCA stopped their first search of Paul and June Harding’s property
in Somerset on health and safety grounds. Photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA

A couple who kept more than 40 pets in squalid conditions at their home have been jailed, with the presiding magistrate describing it as the worst case of animal cruelty he had seen in 30 years.

June Harding, 46, and husband Paul, 45, left their 31 dogs, seven cats and four guinea pigs to sleep in their own faeces in tiny rooms with no natural light. Their water supplies were so dirty they had turned black and many of the animals suffered infected eyes, rotting teeth and ulcers.

Two of the animals had to be put down when they were found by police and animal welfare inspectors.

Police who visited their home had to abandon their initial search because of the overbearing stench of ammonia and RSPCA inspectors described the conditions as “appalling”.

On Wednesday at Taunton magistrates court in Somerset, the pair were each sentenced to 12 weeks in prison after pleading guilty to a total of 28 charges of animal neglect.

The chair of the bench, Clive Powell, said it was the worst case he had seen in 30 years. “My stomach churned when I saw the pictures provided by the RSPCA,” he said.

Police officers first visited the couple’s home in Montacute, Somerset, on 6 May last year. Matthew Knight, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said: “Mr Harding was reluctant to let police into the property. The officers noted the poor quality of the house and abandoned their search on health and safety grounds.”

Police returned with the RSPCA on 30 June. “In general, the interior was filthy,” said Knight. “There was an overpowering smell of ammonia. A number of officers had to leave the property due to the smell. The hallway of this property was covered in dirt, hair and faeces.

“The living room – little natural light with puddles of urine on the floor. There was a very small window ajar. This seemed to be the only form of ventilation. There was a room at the back called the cat room. Six cats were found. They seemed frightened and lived inside old chairs.”

Clive Rees, mitigating, said that June Harding genuinely thought she was looking after the animals while Paul Harding tried to distance himself from the situation.

He said: “The pair did not inflict anything on the animals that they did not inflict on themselves. Clearly they were having to live in the premises and were blind to the fact it was in such a mess. Their intention was to look after the animals but the care of the animals was not adequate.”

Paul Harding was found guilty of all 16 offences: 13 of causing unnecessary suffering to animals and three of failing to meet the needs of the animals. June Harding pleaded guilty to 12 charges – nine of causing unnecessary suffering and three of failing to meet the needs of the animals.

The couple were also banned from keeping animals for life. Many of the animals have since been rehomed by the RSPCA. An appeal against the sentence has already been lodged but bail was denied while it is processed.

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