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)

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Sacrificial chickens: A growing business for poultry farmers

Wasti Atmodjo, The Jakarta Post, Denpasar

The increasing demand for sacrificial chickens has provided Denpasar poultry farmers with a new, profitable economic opportunity.

Head of Denpasar Husbandry Agency, Dewa Ngurah, said the demand increases significantly during months which have many auspicious days for conducting religious rituals.

"But there is, in fact, a stable market for sacrificial chickens and other sacrificial animals, because there are always at least two rituals each month in Bali," he said.

For instance, at the end of this month the Balinese Hindus will celebrate the Galungan and Kuningan festival, the six-monthly celebration of the victory of good over evil.

Animal sacrifice is an essential part of the mecaru (sacrificial offering) rite, which is usually held at the commencement of any festival.

The size and importance of the festival dictate the number and variety of animals to be sacrificed.

Eka Sato, the simplest and most common mecaru, uses one chicken, while the Eka Dasa Rudra, occurring once a century, requires hundreds of animals, including exotics such as white bulls, bears, porcupines and eagles.

In all festivals, chickens play a vital role in mecaru rites. Generally, three-month-old chicks are used.

"The growing market is the reason we have urged the poultry farmers in Denpasar's rural areas to pay serious attention to the business," Dewa said.

"A poultry farmer could earn a significant amount of money from this trade."

Poultry farmer Made Kanik, who has been raising sacrificial chickens since 1991 in Banjar Cenkilung on the northern outskirts of Denpasar, agreed, saying sacrificial chickens commanded higher prices than ordinary chickens.

"Sacrificial chickens with single color feathers -- white, red, or black -- could be sold for up to Rp 20,000 each, while the ones with all three colors can go for Rp. 25,000," he said, adding that prices in the market were often higher.

The tri-colored chickens, known as brumbun, are the most prized and difficult to find. Their colors of red, black and white are also the symbolic colors of Balinese Hinduism's most important deities, Brahma, Wisnu and Siwa, respectively.

"Previously, we never bought sacrificial chickens. If my family needed a certain sacrificial chicken which we didn't have in our backyard farm, usually one of our neighbors would give it to us for free," Made said.

"If a neighbor needed a sacrificial chicken we happened to have, then we would give it him, also for free," he said.

"But, we couldn't sustain that practice for long, because the need for the sacrificial chickens just kept growing. Because of this my family decided to start a sacrificial chickens farm."

Made is head of Kelompok Ternak Ayam Buras Sumber Rejeki, a cooperative of 30 poultry farmers raising sacrificial chickens in the area.

Each farmer keeps around 25 mature hens, each of which can lay two eggs a month.

In order to increase the possibility of hatching tri-colored chicks, the farmers usually pair a single-color hen with a rooster of a differing color.

The association is currently in the process of enlarging its operations. In early 2007, it purchased an incubator to deal with the increasing demand.

"Sometimes, the demand is so high that we simply can't keep up with it," Kanik said.

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