Buddhist Animal Release Practices: Historic, Environmental, Public Health And Economic Concerns

@article{Shiu2008BuddhistAR,
  title={Buddhist Animal Release Practices: Historic, Environmental, Public Health And Economic Concerns},
  author={Henry C. H. Shiu and Leah C. Stokes},
  journal={Contemporary Buddhism},
  year={2008},
  volume={9},
  pages={181 - 196}
}
Animal release has long been a component of Buddhist practice, although it is little studied contemporarily. This paper examines the historical roots of these rituals, arguing that they may ultimately have been adopted into Chinese Buddhist practices. A short survey of contemporary Buddhist practice in various traditions is given, including references to important scriptural authority. Practices involving large-scale, ritualized animal release is then argued to have a number of unintended… 
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