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.

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"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, April 19, 2007

U.S. trade panel to investigate illegal logging complaints including from Indonesia

The Jakarta Post

WASHINGTON (AP): The U.S. International Trade Commission has begun investigating logging practices by China and other countries that could be affecting the U.S. hardwood industry.

Lawmakers from timber-producing states have complained that as much as 30 percent of U.S. hardwood imports are from suspicious or illegal sources.

Industry groups and members of Congress says timber harvested illegally in Honduras, Indonesia, Peru and elsewhere is sent to China, where it is processed at low cost and then exported to the U.S. and other countries, undercutting domestic producers.

Illegal logging costs U.S. companies as much as $1 billion a year in lost exports and reduced prices for timber products, according to the American Forest and Paper Association, a trade group that represents the wood products industry.

The commission, an independent federal agency, said it will review U.S. markets for solid and engineered wood flooring, as well as hardwood plywood.

The investigation will look at "principal countries that supply the U.S. market" and examine U.S. trade patterns, including tariffs and other border measures, the agency said in a news release.

A report is due by June 2008.

"I am hopeful that the results of the ITC's investigation will help make sure that China starts playing by the rules," said Sen.Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said Chinese authorities supervise timber imports and crack down on illegal activities. "We have serious procedures for the import of timber," Liu said this week.

China has the second-largest wood products manufacturing sector in the world and is the largest trader in tropical timber. One of every two tropical logs traded globally is now destined for China, according to the environmental group Greenpeace.

A House bill introduced last month would ban U.S. imports of wood products derived from illegally harvested timber. Lawmakers said they hope to make U.S. consumers more aware of where their new bedroom dresser or hardwood floor comes from.

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