In 2017, Hai Tao Buddhists who’d bought £5,000 of live Crustacea & released them into the sea for good karma, got fined £15,000 for ‘untold damage’ to the environment by introducing non-native species. In 2012 Hai Tao had released 100kg of cobras in a mountainous area not native to the snakes.

Two Buddhists fined £15,000 for releasing crustaceans into sea

Two Buddhists who released £5,000 worth of crustaceans into the Channel as part of a religious ceremony have been fined almost £15,000 for causing “untold damage” to the environment.

Zhixiong Li and Ni Li helped throw live crabs and lobsters into the sea off Brighton as part of a “life release” ceremony in 2015, a court has heard.

The pair were part of a group of almost 1,000 people celebrating the visit of the Taiwanese Buddhist master Hai Tao.

Their ritual was performed in the belief that returning animals to the wild is good karma. But because the crustaceans were not native species, they threatened other marine life and government agencies had to spend thousands of pounds in an attempt to recapture the shellfish, offering fi… Continue Reading (4 minute read)

12 thoughts on “In 2017, Hai Tao Buddhists who’d bought £5,000 of live Crustacea & released them into the sea for good karma, got fined £15,000 for ‘untold damage’ to the environment by introducing non-native species. In 2012 Hai Tao had released 100kg of cobras in a mountainous area not native to the snakes.”

  1. I was planning on releasing 34,000 scorpions in my hometown. Now I am having second thoughts.

  2. I live in Thailand and many Thais will go to the market and like buy a fish then release it into the river for good karma. Then they’ll go order fish and eat it later. It’s bizarre.

  3. Ultimately, even good intentions framed within a non rational/ignorant mindset can be as harmful as any ill intent.

  4. Plus 1 for good intentions, but minus several million for good thinking.

  5. I don’t know anything about Hai Tao Buddhists, but if releasing cobras into the wild is “good karma”, I’m not a fan.

  6. Weren’t some other buddhist caught following the first ones and catching those released animals again, to re-release them for cheap karma farming?

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  7. I don’t want to be anywhere where you can find “100kg of Cobras”. I didn’t know snakes could be meted out in kilograms.

  8. Apparently the road to hell is now paved with live crustacea and cobras. Thanks Hai Tao Buddhists!

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