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)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Govt revokes 7 concessions, warns 36 other holders

Benget Besalicto Tnb, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Mon, 01/11/2010 11:33 AM

Having revoked seven forest concessions amounting to more than 500,000 hectares last year, the Forestry Ministry has threatened to revoke at least 36 more this year unless concession holders comply with all the regulations.

Speaking on the sidelines of a ceremony to launch REDD (reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) pilot projects last week, Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan said the seven concession holders had been ordered to return their concessions to the government, which will then offer them again to interested investors.

He added four of the concessions were in Riau province, one in Central Kalimantan, one in West Sulawesi and one in Gorontalo province in Sulawesi.

Zulkifli said the concessions had been revoked for several reasons, among others because the holders had abandoned their concession sites, failed to present their annual work plans to the ministry, subcontracted their concessions to other companies, and failed to pay forests tariffs, such as rehabilitation funds and forest resources fees.

The minister said the government had been forced to take the “harsh measure” as it was necessary to make forest concession holders comply with prevailing regulations.

“Of course we need to develop our forestry sector for the benefit of our economy,” Zulkifli said.

“But they should do their business in line with government regulations. Otherwise we’ll have to take action against them, including revoking their permits.”

Hadi Daryanto, the ministry’s director general of forest production development, said at least 36 other forest concessions amounting to 2.04 million hectares could be revoked this year.

“We’ve given the holders a final warning to comply with all requirements within the next few months,” he said.

“If they failed to do so, then we’ll have to revoke their licenses.”

He added the seven affected concessionaires from 2009 were PT Riau Putra Bersama, PT Nanjak Makmur, PT Dexter Kencana Timber and PT Rokan Permai Timber in Riau province; PT Inhutani 2 ex Valgosoon Indonesia in Central Kalimantan; Perusahaan Nasional Hayam Wuruk in West Sulawesi, and PT Acrisindo Utama in Gorontalo.

Hadi declined to name the 36 companies currently at risk of losing their concessions, saying the government would only identify them if it decided to revoke their licenses.

“We’re now in the process of reviewing their licenses. If we decide to revoke them, then we can give you their names,” he said.

He added the government was also facing an increasing number of illegal logging cases across the archipelago.

“Cases of illegal loggers being arrested have been increasing of late,” Hadi said.

“Perhaps the loggers are making use of the kind of transition process currently underway. But we’ll take harsh action against them.

We’ll cooperate with the police on this issue.”

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