Stop Killing Turtles and Fish for Religious Cult Offerings


Target: Stephen Lo, Police Commissioner of Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong

Goal: Stop people from continuing to kill freshwater animals by releasing them into saltwater as a cult offering.

Large numbers of animals are dying after reportedly being used as a cult offering where they were released into the sea in Hong Kong. Among the dead animals included nearly a dozen sea bass and red-eared slider turtles. The SPCA members say that 250 of the 300 rescued red-eared sliders are in critical condition, but they’re trying to nurse them back to health. The veterinarian said that some of the turtles had abrasions and were bleeding from being dumped into the sea like a sack of garbage. Since these are not saltwater animals, relocating them to the sea only harms and kills them.

Reports say this is the fourth time this incident has occurred just this month. One witness said that she saw a group accompanied by a Taoist priest throw a bag full of poor turtles into the sea. The reason for the animal offerings? They believe it’ll bring them good karma, according to outlets. It seems they don’t care that their senseless actions are killing animals by the dozens.

This relentless group must be stopped before more animals are unnecessarily and selfishly killed. According to the SPCA, putting freshwater turtles in the sea could be a violation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance and if convicted, one could be fined and receive up to three years in jail. If the police started penalizing these people, the animals wouldn’t be dumped in the sea and left for dead. Please add your signature to the petition below to demand that police take action to protect these helpless animals and stop the unnecessary deaths.


Dear Mr. Lo,

Hundreds of marine animals, including red-eared slider turtles, are being killed as people continue to dump them into the sea. This careless act is reportedly being committed by religious groups that use the poor animals as an offering in order to receive good karma. Unfortunately, throwing bags full of freshwater animals into the sea is only killing them as they don’t belong in salt water.

The SPCA members are having to rescue these poor animals and take them for veterinary care. The veterinarian has said that of the 300 rescued red-eared sliders, 250 are in critical condition. Additionally, nearly a dozen sea bass have been found dead. We urge you to take a stand against this careless, selfish act of animal cruelty and start penalizing people who are found guilty of dumping these helpless creatures.


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  1. They’ll get karma, sure enough.

    But it won’t be the good kind.

    • Maria Mahyorova says:

      I absolutely agree. Not only they’ll get karma, but they’ll get my Boycott of any Hong Kong products or services.

  2. Sharyn White says:

    Please stop the abuse of the endangered species who deserve to live as much as any other creature on this beautiful planet. Thank you.

  3. Tina shurtleff says:

    Why do animals always have to suffer for these stupid people’s “traditions”. The Gods will give you karma allright and not the good kind

  4. Good karma will come only if you start believing that all lives matter and stop hurting animals.

  5. Linda Barnett says:

    This brutal suffering has nothing to do with “good karma”. This wicked suffering and killing has to stop. This is the 21st century and this utter nonsense has no place in the world today. Such selfish cruelty is totally unacceptable and those who carry out such cruelty must be prosecuted.

  6. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared❗️😠

  7. simon rickman simon rickman says:

    Fuckin morons

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