Sri Lanka mass animal sacrifice banned

2011-09-13 17:23

Colombo - A Sri Lankan court has ordered an annual sacrifice ritual in which hundreds of goats are slaughtered to be halted after a petition by animal rights activists, police said on Tuesday.

About 700 goats and scores of chickens were to be sacrificed on Tuesday during a traditional religious ceremony at the Munnewaram temple, just north of the capital Colombo.

The grisly ritual, in which goats are decapitated in public using a large hatchet, was first banned in the 1980s but was revived as locals believe the animals' blood wards off evil spirits.

"The Appeal Court on Monday directed the police to prevent the slaughter of animals that would take place," police spokesperson Prishantha Jayakkody said.

He said lawyers appearing for the petitioners argued that it was unclear who had authority over the temple, and that the slaughter was cruel.

The Sri Lanka Animal Welfare Trust had also appealed to President Mahinda Rajapakse to stop the ceremony, which saw about 300 goats sacrificed last year.

  • ShelaghI - 2011-09-14 21:00

    What's wrong with those people. Are they savages? Thank goodness they stopped this horror. Animals are to be protected and cherished, and not harmed in any way!

      Delusion - 2011-09-15 14:19

      Absolutely maddening stupid and irrational. Imagine a world without religion... Organised religion is violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism, tribalism, and bigotry. Invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry. Contemptuous of women, coercive toward children and cruel to animals. In a world without religion, the Twin Towers would still be standing today..

      Gianni - 2011-09-16 00:40

      Jesus preached the peace and told men that they are brothers. But he was killed and crucifix not by religions but by reasons of men. (After Delusion's comment)

      Delusion - 2011-09-18 16:32

      Selective reading Gianni? I also read in the evil ancient book that I must kill my naughty children. And braai my son if I think that I received get a telepathic order to do so. And kill a bride if she is not a virgin. etc. etc. Would my selective parts be irrelevant outdated cr@p whilst your selective parts are err... relevant?

  • clara iza - 2011-09-16 02:05

    obrigada sr presidente do sri lankan,o sr mostrou que é uma pessoa temente á DEUS ! PARABÉNS ! ! !

  • Sandra - 2011-09-23 12:59

    religion should be compassionate loving and kind and never cruel hateful or one word religion is love to all living things.

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