According to the Guardian:
A group of Tibetan Buddhists released 534 lobsters into the Atlantic ocean on Wednesday, saving the creatures from certain death and earning themselves extra karma.
Instead of being plunged into a pot of boiling water, the lobsters were taken out to sea on a whale-watching boat before being sprayed with blessed water and released one by one into the deep.
There’s just one issue here: for all those 534 lobsters the Buddhist monks bought, there are another 534 lobsters that will replace them.
It’s important to realize that the best way to stop animals from being harmed is to not give money to the industries that harm them. The only way lobsters will stop being harvested and killed for food is if command for lobsters decrease; as long as fisherman and supermarkets are making money, they will continue to trap and sell them.
So, while I understand the urge to help trapped animals, buying animals from an industry that profits off killing animals, isn’t actually doing much good. It’d be a much better gesture to donate the money it took to buy all those lobsters to a group that promotes veganism.
How do you feel about this?