People who are part of a Buddhist group in New Jersey bought hundreds of eels, frogs and turtles. They wanted these captured animals to go free, so they let them go in the Passaic River on Aug. 14.
However, these Amitabha Buddhists did not have a permit to release the animals. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said they could be fined up to US$1,000 (NT$32,964).
The rules say you need a permit to let animals go in the wild. But New Jersey and most states do not want to give permits for anything but stocking fish ponds.
That's because they're scared or non-native species harming the local animals. You can't even keep goldfish in water where they could escape to other places.
A newspaper talked to one member of the group, Ann Chin.
She said their goal was to save animals that would have been eaten.
1. capture v.t.
捕獲 (bu3 huo4)
例: The police tried to capture the escaped suspect.
2. Amitabha n.
阿彌陀佛 (e1 mi2 tuo2 fo2)
例: Amitabha Buddha is one of the five meditating Buddhas.
3. permit n.
許可證 (xu2 ke3 zheng4)
例: Do you have a permit from the city to build here?
4. native adj.
土生的 (tu3 sheng1 de5)
例: There are many animals native to Taiwan, such as the Formosan Magpie.