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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)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Zoos in dilemma amid rising costs of panda

Want China Times, Hung Chao-Chun and Staff Reporter 2014-09-21

Tian Tian, a female panda loaned to Edinburg Zoo with her male partner Yang
Guang, enjoys bamboo shoots in their residence. (Photo/ Xinhua)

The possible pregnancy of the female panda Tian Tian in the Edinburg Zoo has brought to light discussions of "pandanomics," as the cost to maintain giant pandas have surged over the years, reports our Chinese-language sister newspaper Want Daily.

Britain's The Guardian compared giant pandas with Premier League footballers — they both cost a fortune to purchase and maintain but can guarantee crowds. If Tian Tian gives birth soon, the zoo's finances will be secured because the cub will draw millions of visitors. But if the animal is not pregnant, then the zoo will face declining public interest, coupled with rising costs and financial difficulties.

The couple in the zoo, Tian Tian and Yang Guang, arrived in 2011. Since then, the number of visitors has increased by over four million. Nevertheless, from the experience in other zoos in the world that earnings will decline if no cubs pop out on a Chinese panda loan.

The Edinburg Zoo pays 600,000 (US$978,000) a year for the 10-year rent of the pair and spent 300,000 (US$489,000) building a home for the pandas. The costs for fresh bamboo shoots, which are imported from France, have gone up 40% since 2011.

Cubs born must be returned to China after two years. Should any one die due to human factors, the zoo must pay 300,000.

Washington, Atlanta, Memphis and San Diego Zoos are said to have spent more on keeping the pandas than what they received from exhibiting them.

It may be time that zoos worldwide rethink their giant panda rentals with China.

The latest research by Oxford University has concluded China's recent panda loans were all linked to trade. According to The Guardian, the Edinburg deal coincided with a 2.6 billion (US$4.3 billion) contract on petrochemical and renewable technology, Jaguar cars and salmon businesses between the two countries.

Panda pairs were loaned to Canada and Australia following uranium, oil, and minerals deals. Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Macao received their pandas after signing free-trade agreements with China, said the report.

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