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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, July 9, 2015

After ban, Mexico's circus animals await new homes

Yahoo – AFP, Yemeli Ortega, 8 July 2015

A tiger is seen in a cage at the Hermanos Cedeno circus in Chimalhuacan, 
Mexico, on July 7, 2015 (AFP Photo/Ronaldo Schemidt)

Chimalhuacan (México) (AFP) - The big tent's lights are out and the stars of the show, seven Bengal tigers, pace restlessly in cages, waiting for new homes following new legislation banning circus animals in Mexico.

The Hermanos Cedeno circus, like hundreds of others across the country, can no longer feature performances by big cats, bears, camels and other animals under the controversial law that came into force on Wednesday.

A pony and a camel are seen
at the Hermanos Cedeno circus
in Chimalhuacan, Mexico, on
July 7, 2015 (AFP Photo/
Ronaldo Schemidt)
"I never thought it would end like this," said Junior, the tiger tamer of the Cedeno circus, as workers put away tents in Chimalhuacan, outside Mexico City.

One of the tigers, "Whiskers," stares blankly at the six kilograms (13 pounds) of chicken in his two-by-two meter (6.5-by-6.5 foot) cage, while "Samurai" licks his paws.

Junior, who goes by his circus name, fears that leaving the circus will be a "shock" for the tigers, which are "used to people, music and applause."

As for Junior himself, he has "no idea" what he will do for work from now on.

Some 200 circuses have wild animals, the environment ministry said. While nearly 1,100 animals were declared in 2014, only 511 have been counted this year.

Armando Cedeno, the owner of the circus in Chimalhuacan and president of the industry's national union, estimates that there are likely about 4,000 animals.

Some 70 circuses have already gone bankrupt while 2,000 workers have lost their jobs, he said, staring at his tigers, the main attraction for his shows.

Stroking the head of one tiger, Cedeno said the government has not fulfilled its promise to find new safe havens for the animals in zoos, foundations or the homes of collectors in Mexico and abroad.

But deputy environment minister Rafael Pacchiano countered that circus owners have not requested any help from the authorities to relocate the animals.

Circuses that still use animals for their shows will be fined more than $250,000, said Guillermo Haro, the federal environmental protection prosecutor.

From now on, circuses can only keep animals if they have the proper permits and keep them in good living conditions, but they cannot feature in shows. Otherwise, authorities will seize them.

A view of the stage of the Hermanos 
Cedeno circus in Chimalhuacan, Mexico, 
on July 7, 2015 (AFP Photo/Ronaldo 
Schemidt)
Mutilated bear

The law is the brainchild of the Green Party, which promoted the legislation with a media blitz that denounced alleged cases of animal abuse.

In a prominent case last year, a circus in the eastern state of Yucatan was fined more than $50,000 after it removed the lower jaw of its black bear, Invictus.

The Green Party argues that the law "sets a precedent for the respect and protection of animals."

But Leonora Esquivel, co-founder of the international animal welfare group AnimaNaturalis, said the law is limited because it does not apply to cock fights, bullfights and shows with marine animals.

While wild animals will no longer feature in circuses, Esquivel said Mexico needs to implement a new model for zoos to turn them into "fauna recovery centers."

A critic of the law, Ruben Escamilla, a lawmaker from the leftist Democratic Revolution Party, said the legislation offers no financial compensation to circus owners.

"There's a clear violation of private property," Escamilla said.

Cedeno said circus owners will launch legal bids to counter what they consider a "discriminatory" law that is based on "false propaganda."

Armando Cedeno, owner of the Hermanos Cedeno circus, looks into a cage with
a tiger in Chimalhuacan, Mexico, on July 7, 2015 (AFP Photo/Ronaldo Schemidt)

Final show

The Cedeno Brothers held their final show with animals on Monday.

"Don't take the animals away!" the crowd shouted, after the tigers formed a pyramid and jumped through a fiery ring.

"It's pure grief," Cedeno said, wearing boots covered in dirt at the muddy circus grounds.

"Don't stop coming to the circus even though we no longer have tigers. Don't let us die," he said before shutting himself inside his caravan.

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