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Strongest statement ever by Chinese Buddhist Community against wildlife "mercy release"

May 17, 2016:

So called "mercy release" of wildlife by Buddhists is bringing negative environmental and social impact, says CCTV News Channel in a short documentary broadcast this month.

The documentary exposes the illegal wildlife trade behind mercy release and its devastating effects on some of the species.

In the documentary, Master Hsing Yun, one of the most well-known Buddhist monks in the Chinese Buddhist community explicitly said that “Mercy release is the release of death”,

“Currently mercy release has gone wrong. It doesn’t bring good karma, it brings sin," Master Hsing Yun continued. "And the mercy release phenomelon is not the release of living but of deaths. The living things are alive, you cannot use the name of mercy to bring destruction to the living, even causing their deaths”。

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The interview with CCTV was brokered by the China Biodiversity and Green Development Foundation, one of ARC's key partners in wildlife issues in China.

This is the strongest statement on mercy release to date from the Chinese Buddhist community. ARC is working with China Biodiversity and Green Development Foundation to get more Daoist and Buddhist leaders to take a stand against mercy release.

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Details of the China Buddhist wildlife killing ban 2015.

China Buddhist Association website

Chinese script of documentary.

有幸采访台湾星云大师,半个小时的聊天,让我零距离地感受到了大师无限的能量和恒久的魅力。

星云大师说:“目前放生走了样,不但没有功德,还有罪过。说现在的现象不叫放生,叫放死。生命是活的,你不能假借放生之名,造成生命的伤害,甚至造成它们的死亡。中华文化里面上天有好生之德,佛教最终是尊重生命爱惜生命的,生命也有胎生、卵生、湿生、化生四种生命形态,要爱惜它,是要让它生存下去。像老虎、狮子,它住在森林,那森林是它的世界。鸟儿在高空,天空那是它的家园。鱼虾沉于海底,那是鱼虾的世界。

我们人在人间、鸟雀在森林、昆虫在泥土,各有各的生存空间、世界,生命要互相尊重,不要以强欺弱,不要弱肉强食、不要为了自己的需要,就去蚕食。所以过去古德云:“劝君莫打三春鸟,子在巢中盼母归”。造成这个社会诈欺、骗术,都利用了这个美丽的名词“放生”。所以我的意思就是,我们今后与其放生,不如你“放人”,救人一命救助社会、造福社会,那么多的孤儿、留守儿童需要帮助。你们相信吗,我有800多对儿女,我50年中慢慢帮助及培养800多对的孤儿,帮他们成家立业。

”90岁高龄的星云大师陆续在世界各地创建了近300余所道场,创办23所美术馆,26所图书馆,50余所中、小学、幼稚园,并在全球创办五所大学等。

放 生

佛光星云(1927-)

所谓“放生”者,就是重视生态,给予众生无有恐怖,安全无虞的环境。比方不在溪边垂钓、不虐打动物,对生命不残杀、对生态不破坏,就是最好的放生。

佛教以人为本,在“放生”之上,更应该提倡“放人”,放人一条生路:给人信心、给人欢喜、给人希望、给人方便、给人离苦、给人救济、给人因缘,能够帮助别人,让人获得幸福,才是积极的“放生”。

甚而“情与无情,同圆种智”,对无情而言,哪怕是一茎花草,一支笔,一张桌椅、一块地毯,任何物品也有生命,应善尽维护其功能,延长其寿用,创造其价值,这是佛教对“放生”的广义诠释。今人行事,有放生之名,需谨慎有否放死之行为。

谁道群生性命微,一般骨肉一般皮;

劝君莫打枝头鸟,子在巢中望母归。

——选自《百年佛缘》

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May 17, 2016:
Strongest statement ever by Chinese Buddhist Community against wildlife "mercy release"
So called "mercy release" of wildlife by Buddhists is bringing negative environmental and social impact, says CCTV News Channel. The documentary exposes the illegal wildlife trade behind mercy release and its devastating effects on some of the species.