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)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

CPO firms brainstorm greener PR

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 04/15/2010 10:42 AM

Mounting market pressure on Indonesia’s palm oil industry has forced producers to unite and consolidate efforts to combat what they deem an incomplete assessment by environmentalists.

Government representatives, members of the Association of Indonesian Palm Oil Producers (Gapki) and company CEOs gathered in Jakarta on Wednesday to draft guidelines on how to convince global consumers of the sustainability of palm oil development in Indonesia.

Swiss food and beverage company Nestle SA announced last month of it would drop an Indonesian palm oil supplier, PT Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology (SMART), over concerns about the company’s environmental record.

Previously Unilever and Kraft had stopped buying palm oil from Sinar Mas for the same reason.

In a report widely publicized in 2008, Greenpeace states that CPO producers had converted peat lands, natural forests and habitats of Indonesia’s indigenous orangutan into oil palm plantations. The report was later supported by field investigations and satellite data.

After the Wednesday meeting Gapki secretary-general Joko Supriyono said a joint endeavor had been established between the association, the Agriculture Ministry and the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) to provide “a more accurate analysis” of the palm oil industry, particularly in terms of carbon emissions generated compared to other commodities used for biofuel such as cassava and corn.

Musdhalifah Machmud, assistant to the deputy coordinating economic minister for plantation and horticulture, admitted there were plantation companies that abused their permits and carried out illegal logging.

However, she said, plantation firms currently operated on 7.2 million hectares of land or 5.5 percent of the 188 million hectares of forests available in Indonesia.

Most of the forest destruction was carried out by other parties, she said.

Musdhalifah said the government had made a significant improvement in fighting illegal logging, imprisoning many company officials, several regents and governors involved with the crime.

She also said palm oil was among the strategic commodities chosen by the government for its export value and ability to provide jobs.

“The negative campaign waged by the NGO is no longer attacking us producers but the state and its people,” Joko said.

Indonesia is the biggest producer of palm oil, contributing 44.5 percent to the world’s total output of 42.9 million tons in 2008.

Also present at the meeting was Alan Oxley, the chairman and founder of World Growth, an NGO focusing on sustainable development in developing countries.

Several foreign NGOs including Greenpeace and WWF had strong connections with the European Commission, he said, claiming that up to 60 percent of WWF’s revenue came from the commission.

“It suited these NGOs to maintain the European perspective on developing countries ... Europe can prioritize environmental issues over economic growth because they are already wealthy,” Oxley said.

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