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, April 7, 2010

Unilever to resume buying CPO if Sinar Mas cleared

Reuters, Wed Apr 7, 2010 7:24am EDT

JAKARTA, April 7 (Reuters) - Unilever (ULVR.L) (UNc.AS), the world's top palm oil buyer, will resume palm oil purchases from Indonesia's PT SMART (SMAR.JK) if independent auditors clear the firm over alleged forest destruction, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.

Unilever, which uses palm oil in such products as Dove soap and Ben & Jerry ice cream, cancelled its annual 20 million pound ($32 million) contract with PT SMART, which is part of Sinar Mas, in December unless the group could provide proof that none of its plantations were contributing to the destruction of rain forests.

"We will resume buying palm oil from Sinar Mas if studies by independent auditors show that Greenpeace's allegation against Sinar Mas is false," said Sancoyo Antarikso, corporate secretary of PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk (UNVR.JK).

Greenpeace alleges that Sinar Mas, Indonesia's biggest palm oil producer and the second biggest in the world, has been responsible for widespread deforestation and peatland clearance, practices which release vast amounts of carbon dioxide.

Unilever could also resume buying palm oil from Sinar Mas, even if the audit supported Greenpeace's allegations, if Sinar Mas showed it was addressing the environmental complaints, Antarikso said.

Unilever consumes around 1.9 million tonnes of palm oil each year and has pledged to buy only from certified sustainable plantations from 2015, while around 90 percent of worldwide supply comes from Indonesia and neighbouring Malaysia.

PT SMART and PT Unilever Indonesia agreed to appoint two independent auditors -- Netherland-based Control Union Certification (CUC) and British Standard institute -- early this month to investigate the environmental allegations.

The independent auditors were due to begin work on April 20 and complete their study by the end of June, Daud Dharsono, SMART's president director, said.

Other top palm oil buyer Nestle (NESN.VX) had also joined Unilever to stop buying palm oil from Sinar Mas after Greenpeace released a report alleging the planter cleared rainforests.

Agribusiness giant Cargill Inc [CARG.UL] has also recently threatened to remove Sinar Mas as a palm oil supplier over allegations of illegal logging.

Analysts said top palm oil buyers halting supply contracts with Sinar Mas and other planters in the future could limit plantation expansion as global food and fuel demand grows.

But Green campaigners and consumers have turned up the heat on multinationals buying palm oil, saying these companies' palm oil suppliers are responsible for deforestation and peatland clearance.

(Reporting by Yayat Supriatna; Writing by Fitri Wulandari; Editing by Ed Davies)

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