US Buddhists' shrimp rescue deemed illegalThis article was originally published in Foodnews
BUDDHISTS in the US state of Utah have been releasing brine shrimp eggs into the Great Salt Lake in the belief that this is a virtuous act that will help all beings towards enlightenment. The only problem is, the practice is illegal as they are a non-native species, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. Some USD3 000 worth of eggs - potentially 18 billion shrimp - had been released into the lake before the Buddhists were informed by Utah's department of natural resources that their actions could destroy the whole ecosystem. The eggs are collected every autumn by brine shrimpers, to be dried, canned and shipped to fish farms around the world.