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)

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Govt urged to decide on illegal logging in Riau

Ridwan Max Sijabat, The Jakarta Post, Pekanbaru

A House of Representatives team of legislators slammed the government for its slow handling of illegal logging in Riau, lamenting its effect on two major pulp and paper mills and the investment climate in the country.

The 17-member team of the House's forest, plantation and agriculture commission questioned the prolonged confiscation of hundreds of thousands of cubic meters of mixed wood belonging to PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP) and PT Indah Kiat Pulp and Paper (IKPP) in Pelalawan and Siak regencies, respectively, and the two companies' commitment to forest conservation and reforestation programs in the province.

"The prolonged seizure of timber shows the government is not tough in handling the illegal logging cases. And in the end, it affects the investment climate in the country," team leader Syarfi Hutauruk said Thursday after making a field tour to the companies' mills and forests in Pangkalan Kerinci, Pelalawan.

The team held preliminary investigations into the case following recent friction between the National Police and the Forestry Ministry over confiscated logs.

The police seized the logs, which were allegedly taken from protected rain forests and national parks in the province and supplied to the two mills by their partner companies. The Forestry Ministry has defended the logs as legal since they were harvested from forest concession areas where licenses were issued by local administrations.

Maruahal Silalahi, a team member of the Democratic Party, blamed the prolonged cases both on the police and the ministry, which he said had no competence and professionalism in enforcing the law.

He said his commission was confused by the absence of an immediate decision from the government following the establishment of a joint government team led by Coordinating Minister for Political, Law and Security Affairs Widodo A.S.

"The President should take harsh action against those found unprofessional in handling the cases and order the prosecution of those allegedly involved in illegal logging activities," he said.

Ganjar Pranowo, a team member of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, criticized the President for his failure to replace the National Police chief or the forestry minister.

Both IKPP and RAPP lodged complaints in separate meetings with the team, saying they were ready to be held responsible if their mills were found guilty.

IKPP president Gandhi Sulistiyanto said it was too risky for a publicly listed company like his to get involved in illegal logging, and challenged the team to visit its industrial forests in the province to check whether his mill had supplied illegal logs or looted the conservation areas.

RAPP president Rudy Fajar concurred.

"We have never used raw materials obtained through illegal logging, and any of our partner companies supplying timber from conservation forests should be punished harshly."

The team also sought clarification from RAPP on its commitment to help cope with problems of unemployment and poverty after a report was filed by Pelawan Regent Asmun Jafar that its partner companies had supplied the illegal logs.

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