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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)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Dog meat festival in China draws international criticism

Want China Times, Chen Po-ting Staff Reporter, 2015-06-20

Dogs hung out at a butcher's stall in Yulin, Guangxi, 2014. (Photo/CFP)

Amid abounding criticism at home and abroad, the The Yulin Dog Meat Festival will kick off on June 21. Dog meat sellers in Guangxi said they felt the festival has been stigmatized but are remaining resilient and preparing their dogs all the same, writes our sister paper China Times.

The controversial "Dog Meat Festival" is viewed as a traditional summer event for those living in Yulin, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. In recent years, many animal welfare groups have come out against the festival, calling it crueal and inhumane to man's best friend.

Major animal group Humane Society International (HSI) filmed a short documentary on dogs being slaughtered in Yulin's dog meat butcheries. The film got many concerned about the practice, with British comedian Ricky Gervais even asking his fans to sign a petition to ban the festival and the dog meat trade. He said that the film broke his heart and that he would never forget the faces of those slaughtered dogs. He went on to say that no animal should be treated like that.

Netizens also took to Twitter, with over 250,000 people tweeting "Stop Yulin."

Peter Li, a staff from HIS stated that he saw hundreds of dogs killed and hung out on the street. There were also cats jammed into crowded cages, some not even having the ability to stand and just waiting for death. There was also blood, organs, and bones scattered everywhere, Li said.

Facing wave after wave of condemnation, Yulin's dog sellers said that the event is a traditional festival which began with their ancestors and that the dogs are mainly from puppy mills.

One dealer threatens to strangle the dog if no one offers a better
price. A woman instantly pays his price. (Photo/CFP)

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