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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2588

No to animal slaughter at Munneswaram Badrakali Kovil

Colombo, 30 August, (

: The Court of Appeal yesterday issued a writ mandamus directing the Police to take action to stop the ritual animal slaughter at the Munneswaran Badrakali Kovil in Chilaw.

The Bench held that such acts of slaughter violated both Section 4 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance and the Butchers Ordinance.

The Court directed that for the purpose of slaughter of animals, a Butcher's License from the local authority is mandatory. The Bench comprised Justice Sisira de Abrew, Justice Deepani Wijesundara and Justice Sunil Rajapakse.

The joint petition praying for an end to ritual animal slaughter at the Kovil's annual festival was signed by 14 petitioners, including animal welfare groups such as Animal Welfare Trust of Sri Lanka , Animal Protection Association together with Buddhist organisations viz. Jathika Sanga Sammelanaya , Dharma Vijaya Foundation, Bodhi Raja Foundation and also Attorney at Law Lalani de Silva. The respondents cited are IGP, DIG ,SSP Chilaw, the OIC Chilaw the Chief Priest of Muneswaram Kovil and the Attorney General.

The respondent Chief Priest i acknowledged that since 2009 both aforesaid relevant ordinances had been violated. An application filed by Attorney at Law Raja Dep appearing for a petitioner seeking a writ of prohibition was refused.

The counsel stressed the impropriety of slaughtering animals with a religious belief to evoke merit on human beings. DSG Parinda Ranasinghe appeared for the Attorney General.

- Asian Tribune -

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