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Buddhists liberate lobsters, at least for a short time

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Buddhist monk Geshe Tenley laughs as his robes flap in the breeze on the bow of a boat during the release of lobsters back into the ocean on "Chokhor Duchen", or the anniversary of Buddha's turning of the Dharma Wheel, in the waters off Gloucester, Massachusetts, on Wednesday. The group of Buddhists released about 500 lobsters that were caught by commercial lobstermen, after buying the lobsters from a wholesaler who would otherwise have sold the crustaceans to restaurants.

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Buddhist monk Geshe Tenley releases a lobster back into the ocean during "Chokhor Duchen" from a boat in the waters off Gloucester, Massachusetts on Wednesday.

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Buddhists pray before releasing lobsters back into the ocean during "Chokhor Duchen" in Gloucester on Wednesday.

Brian Snyder / Reuters

Buddhists pray before releasing lobsters back into the ocean during "Chokhor Duchen" in Gloucester on Wednesday.

Reuters reports:

GLOUCESTER, Mass. — Instead of plunging headfirst to their death in a pot of boiling water, 534 live lobsters escaped the dinner plate and belly flopped to freedom into the dark waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

A group of Tibetan Buddhists flanked the sides of a whale-watching boat at dusk on Wednesday, sprayed the lobsters with blessed water, clipped the bands binding their dangerous claws and gently released them one by one into the deep water below. Continue reading.