Activists Angry As Buddhist University In Colorado Takes Steps To WHACK 100 Prairie Dogs

by Eric Owens,, Spet 26, 2015

Boulder, CO (USA) -- Angry animal rights activists are facing off against a Buddhist college in Boulder, Colo. after school officials applied for a lethal control permit to kill approximately 100 prairie dogs on school property.

The scene of the rodent ruffle is Naropa University, reports the Daily Camera, the main local daily newspaper.

On Thursday, a group of protesters delivered a petition urging amnesty for the prairie dogs to Naropa officials. Over 140,000 prairie dog defenders had signed the petition as of Friday evening.

“Mommy, I heard that Naropa University is going to have all of us killed,” the petition begins. There is a photo of a young prairie dog next to an adult prairie dog. The two rodents appear to be embracing.
School officials applied for a lethal control permit from the city of Boulder this summer. They want to rid the burrowing rat-like creatures from one of Naropa’s three campuses — a small, 2.5-acre plot of land which sits in east Boulder adjacent to a run-down mobile home park and a large self-storage facility.

“The petition is to ask Naropa to withdraw that lethal application and in return we will work collaboratively with the university to ensure that the city or the county opens up lands on their open space properties,” WildLands Defense spokeswoman Deanna Meyer told the Camera. “We’re very confident we would be able to get those lands opened up for the relocation of their prairie dogs.”

Administrators at Naropa swear they have no intention of killing any prairie dogs even though they sought a permit to kill prairie dogs.

They only want to relocate the herbivorous burrowing rodents to a location off the campus, they say.

“We were legitimately hoping that this would spur the community to help us identity some slots and I would say that we are deeply disappointed that despite making all these great efforts, not one option came forward,” Naropa spokesman Bill Rigler told the Camera.

Rigler, currently a candidate for a Boulder city council seat, said school officials have for four years tried in vain to find a new home for the prairie dogs — spending over $100,000 in the process.

“We’ve absolutely gone way above and beyond what others have done and yet still we’re being attacked for it by groups who aren’t even from Boulder,” Rigler charged.

Meyer, the animal welfare activist, said she is skeptical.

“It is a Buddhist university and the fact that a Buddhist university would even apply for a lethal application for prairie dogs is totally against any Buddhist concepts,” she told the newspaper. “You don’t do that. You don’t kill animals. So that inspired a lot of people like, ‘Are you kidding me? A Buddhist university is going to kill the native populations there? Why?'”

She added that people all over the globe are concerned about the vermin.

Also, Buddhists generally believe that it is wrong to kill living beings.

In any case, “the permit has not yet been issued,” according to Boulder urban wildlife conservation coordinator Val Matheson.

Prairie dogs are a type of ground squirrel, found in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Naropa University describes itself as a “Buddhist-inspired, student-centered liberal arts university” which emphasizes “professional and personal growth, intellectual development, and contemplative practice.”

The private, nonprofit college was established in 1974 by Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa. It is home to about 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Courses include herbal medicine, socially engaged spirituality, indigenous environmental issues Sanskrit and courses concerning Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity.

We Need Your Help to Train the
Buddhist AI Chat Bot
(Neural Operator for Responsible Buddhist Understanding)

For Malaysians and Singaporeans, please make your donation to the following account:

Account Name: Bodhi Vision
Account No:. 2122 00000 44661
Bank: RHB

The SWIFT/BIC code for RHB Bank Berhad is: RHBBMYKLXXX
Address: 11-15, Jalan SS 24/11, Taman Megah, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Phone: 603-9206 8118

Note: Please indicate your name in the payment slip. Thank you.

Dear Friends in the Dharma,

We seek your generous support to help us train NORBU, the word's first Buddhist AI Chat Bot.

Here are some ways you can contribute to this noble cause:

One-time Donation or Loan: A single contribution, regardless of its size, will go a long way in helping us reach our goal and make the Buddhist LLM a beacon of wisdom for all.

How will your donation / loan be used? Download the NORBU White Paper for details.

For Malaysians and Singaporeans, please make your donation to the following account:

Account Name: Bodhi Vision
Account No:. 2122 00000 44661
Bank: RHB

The SWIFT/BIC code for RHB Bank Berhad is: RHBBMYKLXXX
Address: 11-15, Jalan SS 24/11, Taman Megah, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Phone: 603-9206 8118

Note: Please indicate your purpose of payment (loan or donation) in the payment slip. Thank you.

Once payment is banked in, please send the payment slip via email to: Your donation/loan will be published and publicly acknowledged on the Buddhist Channel.

Spread the Word: Share this initiative with your friends, family and fellow Dharma enthusiasts. Join "Friends of Norbu" at: Together, we can build a stronger community and create a positive impact on a global scale.

Volunteer: If you possess expertise in AI, natural language processing, Dharma knowledge in terms of Buddhist sutras in various languages or related fields, and wish to lend your skills, please contact us. Your knowledge and passion could be invaluable to our project's success.

Your support is part of a collective effort to preserve and disseminate the profound teachings of Buddhism. By contributing to the NORBU, you become a "virtual Bodhisattva" to make Buddhist wisdom more accessible to seekers worldwide.

Thank you for helping to make NORBU a wise and compassionate Buddhist Chatbot!

May you be blessed with inner peace and wisdom,

With deepest gratitude,

Kooi F. Lim
On behalf of The Buddhist Channel Team

Note: To date, we have received the following contributions for NORBU:
US$ 75 from Gary Gach (Loan)
US$ 50 from Chong Sim Keong
MYR 300 from Wilson Tee
MYR 500 from Lim Yan Pok
MYR 50 from Oon Yeoh
MYR 200 from Ooi Poh Tin
MYR 300 from Lai Swee Pin
MYR 100 from Ong Hooi Sian
MYR 1,000 from Fam Sin Nin
MYR 500 from Oh teik Bin
MYR 300 from Yeoh Ai Guat
MYR 300 from Yong Lily
MYR 50 from Bandar Utama Buddhist Society
MYR 1,000 from Chiam Swee Ann
MYR 1,000 from Lye Veei Chiew
MYR 1,000 from Por Yong Tong
MYR 80 from Lee Wai Yee
MYR 500 from Pek Chee Hen
MYR 300 from Hor Tuck Loon
MYR 1,000 from Wise Payments Malaysia Sdn Bhd
MYR 200 from Teo Yen Hua
MYR 500 from Ng Wee Keat
MYR 10,000 from Chang Quai Hung, Jackie (Loan)
MYR 10,000 from K. C. Lim & Agnes (Loan)
MYR 10,000 from Juin & Jooky Tan (Loan)
MYR 100 from Poh Boon Fong (on behalf of SXI Buddhist Students Society)
MYR 10,000 from Fam Shan-Shan (Loan)
MYR 10,000 from John Fam (Loan)
MYR 500 from Phang Cheng Kar
MYR 100 from Lee Suat Yee
MYR 500 from Teo Chwee Hoon (on behalf of Lai Siow Kee)
MYR 200 from Mak Yuen Chau

We express our deep gratitude for the support and generosity.

If you have any enquiries, please write to: