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.

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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)

Friday, March 6, 2015

Ringling Bros circus to phase out elephants by 2018

-  Parent company Feld Entertainment bows to animal rights pressure
- ‘There’s been somewhat of a mood shift among our consumers’

The Guardian, Amanda Holpuch in New York, Thursday 5 March 2015

In place of the elephants, the company said it will feature more things
like daredevil acts and motor sports.

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus is putting an end to its elephant performances, the company announced on Thursday.

Feld Entertainment, the production company that owns the circus, said the company will phase out elephants from its shows by 2018. The announcement follows years of aggressive campaigning by animal rights groups opposed to the use of elephants in circus performances.

Company CEO and chairman Kenneth Feld said in a statement that it “was not an easy decision” to stop including elephants in performances. But executives acknowledged that the public has become increasingly wary about animals being used in its shows.

“There’s been somewhat of a mood shift among our consumers,” Alana Feld, Feld’s executive vice-president, told the AP. “A lot of people aren’t comfortable with us touring with our elephants.”

There are currently 13 elephants on tour with three of Ringling Bros’ circus units. In the next three years, they will join the more than 40 elephants that live at the Ringling Bros Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida, including a six-year-old named Barack.

In place of the elephants, the company said it will feature more things like daredevil acts and motor sports. Its shows will continue to include tigers, horses, lions, dogs and camels.

Animal rights groups have long targeted the company’s use of elephants and other animals in its shows. In November 2011, the company agreed to pay the Department of Agriculture a $270,000 fine for allegedly violating the Animal Welfare Act.

Cities and counties across the US have also passed laws that prohibit such performances from occurring within their boundaries. Los Angeles and Oakland passed laws last year that prohibit the use of bullhooks on elephants, which Ringling Bros said prevented the company from hosting shows there. Kenneth Feld told the AP that fighting this type of legislation is costly and planning tours with constantly changing regulations is a challenge for the company.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) has been campaigning for the circus to stop using elephants for decades. “If Ringling is telling the truth about ending this horror, then it’s a day to pop the champagne corks and rejoice,” Peta said in a blog post.

The organization, however, called for Ringling Bros to immediately end the practice of using elephants in its shows.

Feld, which owns the largest herd of Asian elephants in North America, has always insisted that animal welfare is its priority. And in May 2014, the Humane Society of the United States and other animal welfare groups were ordered to pay the company a $15.75m settlement because of allegations they made against the company, but were unable to prove.

“No other institution has done or is doing more to save this species from extinction, and that is something of which I and my family are extremely proud,” Kenneth Feld said in a statement. “This decision was not easy, but it is in the best interest of our company, our elephants and our customers.”

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