The group of Buddhists released about 500 lobsters that were caught by commercial lobstermen, after purchasing the lobsters from a wholesaler who would otherwise have sold the crustaceans to restaurants. Buddhists practice liberation of animals due for slaughter as an expression of compassion for the welfare of all beings and to accumulate karmic merit. They believe the merits of such acts are multiplied if they are performed on Chokhor Duchen.