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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)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Farmers clash with protected Asian elephants in Yunnan

Want China Times, Xinhua 2015-07-25

Elephants foraging and drinking water at a scenic spot in Xishuangbanna,
Yunnan, Feb. 24, 2011. (File photo/Xinhua)

A war between humans and elephants is raging in southwestern China's Yunnan province.

This year alone, three people have been killed by wild elephants there and three elephants have been killed by either pesticides or gunshot.

A villager from Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, a popular tourist destination where elephants feature prominently on tours, was detained by police on Sunday for killing a pregnant wild elephant. The villager, surnamed Wang, opened fire with a homemade gun on a group of wild elephants that had invaded his land. A female elephant weighing more than 3 tonnes was later found dead in Wang's fish pond with a bullet in her head. The cow was carrying a 99-kilogram male calf and was almost ready to give birth.

On June 26, two immature bull elephants were found dead with blood oozing from their mouths, trunks and anuses. Police found pesticides in the stomaches of both and have not ruled out the possibility that they were poisoned deliberately by farmers. As many as 16 wild elephants were seen in the area at the end of November.

Asian elephants are an endangered species and are protected in China. About 250 to 300 roam Xishuangbanna and other parts of south Yunnan. Bad planning has led to a fragmented habitat, which means they often intrude into villages, damage crops and even attack humans.

A villager died after being attacked while working in his fields in June. His wife narrowly escaped death thanks to a shed that collapsed, shielding her from further attacks. There have been at least three elephant attacks in the vicinity this year. Two women died from such attacks in the area in 2012 and 2013.

The heavily forested Simao district is an ideal habitat for elephants. About 60 of them are known to roam the district. Six people have died there and nine have been injured in elephant attacks since 1999. Farmers are reportedly afraid to harvest their crops, students have nerve-racking trips to school and local people go less frequently to the market, due to the lack of any concrete management systems. Some cannot even sleep in their own houses for fear that hungry pachyderms will break in and raid their larders.

The number of wild elephants is on the rise, which is certainly a good thing, but they pillage or trample crops, tear down trees and houses and are a very real threat to people's lives.

Simao forestry bureau attributed 33 deaths and 165 injuries to wild animals, mostly elephants, from 1991 to 2010. In the whole province, 1,324 deaths and about 390 million yuan (US$63.7 million) of losses have been blamed on wild animals over the past decade. Such tragedies will become more frequent if the central government campaign to improve the environment is successful and elephant numbers increase without any concrete measures to create a suitable habitat for the animals in areas remote from farming land.

An adult elephant eats up to 300 kilograms of food each day and drinks a large amount of water. It walks dozens of kilometers while foraging.

Chen Mingyong, an elephant expert with Yunnan University, believes that conservation corridors are key to resolving the conflict between man and beast. Linking the fragmented habitat with protected corridors will reduce the overlapping space inhabited by both humans and elephants.

Food source bases where bamboo and bananas are grown specifically for the elephants will also help. Most of the harm done comes from the elephants' endless search for food.

Simao government spent over 600,000 yuan (US$97,000) last year on an "elephant canteen" that includes a banana garden, a bamboo forest and a pool. The provincial government faces mounting compensation bills for damage caused by the protected animals. The annual cost can run to 10 million yuan (US$1.6 million).

In 2009, Yunnan contracted China Pacific Insurance Company to insure crops, property and lives in some regions. The government pays the premiums and the insurers investigate and compensate people when animals cause trouble.

Li Laoxiao has tried everything to drive the elephants away from his plantation, but to very little avail. "Now I just let them eat. I get 15 yuan (US$2.42) for each damaged rubber tree, and 10 yuan (US$1.61) for a banana tree."

The commercial mechanism is clearly more effective. Compensation is higher and paid more quickly, but rumbling discontent persists. In November, 114 villagers from nine villages in Simao petitioned for better protection and higher compensation.

Yang Zhengrong of the insurers' Yunnan branch told Xinhua that the company paid over 81 million yuan (US$13 million) in compensation from 2010 to 2013 but received less than 48 million yuan (US$7.7 million) in premiums.

"The compensation mechanism needs to be improved. It is not sustainable in the long run," Yang said.

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