Monks in Canada Release 600 Lbs of Lobster Back into Ocean
In the face of so much negative news when it comes to animals, heartwarming stories are essential in order to avoid burnout. Last Saturday, eight crates worth of lobsters, or about 600 pounds, were spared gruesome fates–including being boiled alive.
A group of monks located in Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.), a province in Canada, bought about 600 pounds of lobsters from various locations around the island. The goal was to set them free in the ocean off the coast of Wood Islands in order to send a message of compassion, according to CBC News. Venerable Dan of the Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society in Little Sands, stated that the monks chose a location where it would be the least likely for the lobsters to be recaptured, and elaborated more on the reasons behind the action:
“This whole purpose for us is to cultivate this compassion toward others. It doesn’t have to be lobsters, it can be worms, flies, any animals, drive slower so we don’t run over little critters on the street.”
The monks also performed a ceremony before releasing the lobsters, which lasted for about 20 minutes and included a “prayer and chant to the Buddha for compassion.” In the end, the monks were doing this to make the world a more compassionate and harmonic place, and Venerable Dan stated:
“We respect everyone’s dietary choice, so we’re not doing this to convert everybody to be vegetarians or vegans.”
Perhaps the second best detail of this action was that according to the monks, they had the local support of Islanders–which included fishermen, with the latter helping them find the best place for the lobsters to avoid ending up in cages again.
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