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Lobsters bought and released by animal-rights whackos promptly re-caught and marketed

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    Little-Acorn Well-Known Member

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    These fruitcakes seem to think they did the lobsters a favor by dumping them into the sea. But all they really did, was expand the market for lobsters, and transfer money from their own pockets to a wholesaler's pocket.

    Good job, whackos! :D

    Have such people EVER run a project that produced the results they wanted to produce?

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    http://articles.boston.com/2011-08-09/news/29868519_1_lobsters-buddhists-fishing-vessel

    Released lobsters retaken, group says
    Caught at site of Buddhist ritual

    August 09, 2011
    by John M. Guilfoil, Globe Staff

    Talk about bad karma.

    On Thursday, a group of Buddhists traveled to Gloucester and purchased 534 lobsters, about 600 pounds worth, from a wholesaler and dumped them back into the sea in a prayer ceremony in which the crustaceans’ bands were cut and blessed water was sprayed on them.

    Freedom. But it may have been short-lived.

    Yesterday, lobstermen from the fishing vessel Degelyse said they had traveled to the site of the ceremony, laid their traps, and hauled up exactly 534 lobsters, according to a local blog, Goodmorninggloucester.org.

    And then they brought their haul right back to market.

    “It’s really not meant as a slight toward Buddhism at all,’’ said Joe Ciaramitaro, who runs the blog that broke the story and co-owns Captain Joe and Sons Dock, where the boat and several others offload their catch. He also runs Captain Joe and Sons Wholesale Lobster Co. in Gloucester. “We’re just having fun.’’

    “Even if they get captured again, they’ve had a longer life,’’ Wendy Cook, who helped lead the ceremony, told Reuters.

    In a video on Ciaramitaro’s blog, the lobstermen joke that the Buddhists are welcome to re-purchase the lobsters and release them again.

    Cook did not return calls seeking comment yesterday.
     
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    Re: Lobsters bought and released by animal-rights whackos promptly re-caught and mark

    I don't know whether to laugh or guffaw...
     
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    Re: Lobsters bought and released by animal-rights whackos promptly re-caught and mark

    I thought little Acorn is a Liberal. I thought he supports evoinmental causes and animal rights?
     
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    Re: Lobsters bought and released by animal-rights whackos promptly re-caught and mark

    Really?
     
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    Re: Lobsters bought and released by animal-rights whackos promptly re-caught and mark

    Reminds me of a sadder but no less true episode from many years ago. But this one wasn't about lobsters. It was about human slaves, and the modern-day trade in them in Africa.

    A third-grade teacher, named Mrs. Vogel I believe, found documentation of human slave trading going on in the present day in the Sudan, in Africa. A slave trader would contact a warlike tribe and get them to atack fellow tribes. As was the tradition of the area, the victors would capture the losers and enslave them, The trader would then buy the slaves and sell them to other tribes in other areas.

    Mrs. Vogel got her third-grade class going on a humanitarian project: They collected money, and made arragements to actually buy some of these slaves from that trader and others in the area. Then they would set the slaves free, returning them to decent human dignity. They were very excited about the wonderful thing they were doing: Who could possibly oppose freeing slaves?

    The ultimate result?

    The slave traders, and tribal warlords, realized they had a new, wealthy market. So they planned and carried out many more wars and slave raids than they had originally planned, killing off many surrounding tribes and taking the survivors into slavery, to sell them. And naturally, the prices went up as they anticipated the increasing demand.

    So Mrs. Vogel's humanitarian project resulted in the deaths and enslavement of many more people in Africa, than there would have been had she done nothing. The blame, of course, falls directly on the slave traders and warlords. But does that blame matter, to the newly enslaved and the dead?

    The moral is (if such a horrendous story can be said to have a moral at all): Make sure your plans will actually accomplish what you intend, and not have disastrous unintended consequences.
     
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