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)

Monday, July 27, 2015

New animal protection laws in Taiwan may close older zoos

Want China Times, CNA and Staff Reporter 2015-07-26

Chiu Hsi-ho and Xiao He put on a show for visitors, July 24. (Photo/CNA)

A private zoo in Madou district in Tainan in southern Taiwan is set to be closed for good in January next year, with the owner complaining that the country's newly revised Animal Protection Act will make his business too challenging to run.

"Making the decision is painful," Chiu Hsi-ho, owner of the Madou King of Crocodile Zoo, said Friday.

Once the revisions to the Animal Protection Act take effect on Jan. 23 next year it will be difficult for small-scale private zoos to survive, Chiu said, adding that he will be unable to run a zoo when the laws become stricter than when he started his business nearly 40 years ago.

The death, attributable to negligence, of a hippopotamus named A He late last year belonging to another private zoo in Taichung triggered public outcry over animal abuse, prompting lawmakers to amend the Animal Protection Act.

The revisions, passed Jan. 23, stipulate that an "animal show vendor" must have a license from the proper authorities prior to commercial operation.

A He, who had been a long-time favorite attraction at Taichung's Skyzoo recreational farm, died on Dec. 29 last year from injuries sustained when the animal jumped from a moving truck. The hippo later fell a second time while suspended over a pond at a farm in Miaoli where he was undergoing rehabilitation treatement.

A nearly 40-year-old crocodile called Xiao He is a star attraction at Chiu's zoo. At a length of 5.8 meters and weighing 1,250 kilograms, Chiu said he "trained" Xiao He to perform in the zoo's regular animal shows. The croc was also forced to allow visitors to sit on its back for photographs.

Xiao He has drawn many business opportunities for the zoo, Chiu said.

Apart from the crocodile, Chiu's zoo is also known for keeping unusual animals such as a turtle with three heads, a crocodile without a tail and featherless chickens. Over the past few years, however, his animal shows have been blasted by groups accusing Chiu of animal abuse.

His zoo has been singled out as one of Taiwan's top 10 worst animal farms, he went on, saying that "it made me feel terribly bad," since he claims to have always spared no effort in attending to the special animals he keeps in captivity.

Saying that he has never violated the existing Animal Protection Act, Chiu added that he has taken many measures to improve his zoo.

The regulations, however, are becoming more and more strict thanks to increasing awareness of animal welfare. "It is almost impossible for a small zoo keeper to follow them," according to Chiu.

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