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)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

RI must protect forestry industry, logging interests

Ridwan Max Sijabat, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Indonesia must protect its forestry industry despite mounting world demands to stop logging and the rampant illegal logging problems here, legislators said Tuesday.

Azis Sjamsuddin, chairman of the illegal logging committee at the House of Representatives, denounced such demands as more political and economic than environmental.

"It's impossible for Indonesia to stop exploring its natural resources, including its forests, because it would (harm) the millions of people making their livelihoods from the forestry industry," he said in a discussion on illegal logging.

"The forest resources must be well-managed to improve the people's welfare and increase Indonesia's foreign exchange."

Ganjar Pranowo, a member of the House's forestry and agriculture commission, agreed while accusing other pulp and paper and palm oil producers such as China, Brazil and Malaysia of using the UN climate change conference in Bali as a forum to criticize Indonesia and weaken the pulp and palm oil industry here.

He said China and Brazil were Indonesia's two main competitors in the world pulp and paper market and Malaysia was its only competitor in the palm oil industry.

"But internally the government must reassess the actual condition of its forests to maintain a balance between ecological and economic interests," Ganjar said.

"Authorities must enforce the law consistently and take harsh action against all parties involved in illegal logging."

Data from the Indonesian Forestry Industry Association indicate Indonesia received US$3.9 billion in foreign exchange from the annual export of six million tons of pulp and 10 million tons of paper.

Director-executive of Greenomics Indonesia, Elfian Effendi, said Indonesia should continue with the forestry and palm oil industries which have contributed only 18 percent to global warming and climate change.

"Giant industrial countries such as the United States, China, India and European countries should reduce their carbon production, which makes up 82 percent (of the pollutants causing) climate change," he said.

"China, India and the U.S, which declined to sign the Kyoto Protocol, have also imported illegal logs from Indonesia."

Elfian and Ganjar both said the government had not yet shown a strong political commitment to environmental interests in carrying out the national development program.

"This has been shown by the overlapping of rainforests and industrial forests in Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Papua as well as the weak commitment to enforcing the 1999 forestry law and the 1997 law on the environment and Criminal Codes," Ganjar said.

"Pulp and paper mills involved in illegal logging should be punished."

He said the enforcement of the 2007 law on spatial zoning would help Indonesia protect national parks and protected forests from illegal logging.

Elfian called on the central government to have stronger coordination with regional administrations to avoid the issuance of overlapping ordinances in the forestry sector.

"Regional heads giving industrial concessions in rainforests, protected forests and national parks should be brought to court," he said.

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