A woman in China who dumped more than 10 tonnes of invasive fish into a lake in a Buddhist ritual that later died. Photo: SCMP composite/handout
A woman in China who dumped more than 10 tonnes of invasive fish into a lake in a Buddhist ritual that later died. Photo: SCMP composite/handout

Woman in China faces court after dumping 12.5 tonnes of catfish into lake for good luck that took 10 days to clean up after massive die-offs

  • Known as fangsheng, releasing animals into the wild, or ‘life release’, has a history dating back 2,000 years in China
  • Intended to save captive animals in exchange for good luck, it encourages the trapping of wild animals to meet demand

A woman in China who dumped more than 10 tonnes of invasive fish into a lake in a Buddhist ritual that later died. Photo: SCMP composite/handout
A woman in China who dumped more than 10 tonnes of invasive fish into a lake in a Buddhist ritual that later died. Photo: SCMP composite/handout
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