Laws soon to ban animal sacrifices

31 May 2016 04:50 am - 23     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Ministry of Rehabilitation, Resettlement, Prison Reforms and Hindu Religious Affairs is expected to submit a Cabinet paper next week seeking to introduce legislation banning all forms of animal sacrifices at Hindu temples.

The Hindu Religious and Cultural Affairs Department has already drafted the legislation which has been endorsed by the Legal Draftsman’s Department.

On earlier occasions several protests were held opposing animal sacrifice as part of religious rituals.

The Department said the practice of sacrificing animals at Hindu Temples in the in Northern Sri Lanka, especially in the Districts of Jaffna and Puttalam was continuing despite the protests by several organizations and well-known personalities raising their voices against such practices.

“Animal sacrifices are usually carried out in village temples for local deities or clan deities like Amman, Bairavar, Muniyappar , Kaattha Virayar, Aiyappan, Veerapaththirar, Paththirakali Amman.

These deities are said to be ‘guardian lords’ of villages and villagers have developed a tradition of sacrificing, cows, goats and cockerels to appease the wrath of the deities.

Villagers believe that sacrificing animals, called ‘Bali’ means “tribute offering or oblation” and often practiced for no rhyme or reason. "Bali” among other things refers to the blood oblation of an animal and is known as "Irattha Bali" among Jaffna villagers.

In Hindu precepts, there is no mention of these types of "Bali" or ritual sacrifices practiced in many temples,” the Department said. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 23

  • Nethra Wednesday, 01 June 2016 01:37 PM

    Please implement the law immediately to stop this nonsense of sacrifice.

    @Sylvia haik Wednesday, 01 June 2016 05:28 PM

    @Sylvia haik, are you living in jurassic era? do know there is a thing called fridge exists? how the meat will be wasted, unless Sri Lanka is full of rich people who doesnt want to receive?? your ignorance should be corrected.

    Classified Tuesday, 31 May 2016 12:03 PM

    A very good move. All forms of sacrifices whether it's animals or else must be put to a stop.

    Asoka Tuesday, 31 May 2016 12:55 PM

    Then what about killing goats in Mosques? Ban them too. During Haj, hundreds of thousands of goats are sacrificing by Muslims.

    seqi Tuesday, 31 May 2016 01:13 PM

    ban dashing of coconuts while you are at it.....waste of resources via DM Android App

    Lankan Tuesday, 31 May 2016 01:25 PM

    why only animal sacrifice? what about animal slaughter for business (hen, goat, pig, bull, even killing fish). Then what about plants which are also living beings. it is scientifically proved that plants also living beings and they also have sense like animals. they can feel pain. so what about killing them, cutting part of them when they alive.....

    RK Tuesday, 31 May 2016 01:26 PM

    Muslims do it for the consumption of Human beings. The purpose of it is to feed the poor. In the above scenario of temples, animals are sacrificed to satisfy their Gods and thrown away. There is a difference between these two.

    SRILANKAN Tuesday, 31 May 2016 01:29 PM


    Dr.Raghav Sharma Tuesday, 31 May 2016 01:37 PM

    Very good move.There is no mention or promotion about the animal sacrification in any where in Hindu Puranas , Idihasas or Ahama -Shastras.These kind of madness has been promoted by self claimed so called Pujaris or Swamis.Being a Brahmin I am totally against this cruelty .This is not in any one's right to kill an animal or human to please the god.

    Wesley Tuesday, 31 May 2016 01:39 PM

    It is true.. Why not. What about animal killing animals for their food...

    mohan Tuesday, 31 May 2016 01:41 PM

    rx, all sacrificing are consumed by people. its matter of how they killed,

    Sharon Tuesday, 31 May 2016 01:52 PM

    Good move.

    king Tuesday, 31 May 2016 02:17 PM

    then what do you suggest we eat good sir?

    Sothi Upali Tuesday, 31 May 2016 02:17 PM

    What about Wife torture and Sacrifice

    Lankan Tuesday, 31 May 2016 03:58 PM

    King, What I'm saying is why you all talk only about animal, if you can kill(cut) and eat plants, why cant you do the same with animal.

    Citizen Tuesday, 31 May 2016 06:04 AM

    Good idea. Bringing laws to protect humans frm being tortured by police too.Make existing laws work.

    Unchikuni Tuesday, 31 May 2016 06:10 AM

    Hurray! I am so happy.

    das Tuesday, 31 May 2016 05:07 PM

    @Lankan. The wise man speaks as he has something to say, the fool because he has to say something.

    sobers Tuesday, 31 May 2016 05:09 PM

    We will have a Animal Kingdom.

    Aruna Tuesday, 31 May 2016 05:30 PM

    Probably a demons want to someone to kill others but the God of great compassion would expect anything such brutal to be performed in his name!

    Nish Tuesday, 31 May 2016 05:32 PM

    This may come as a shock to you but a coconut is not a living being. Maybe they should also implement laws to educate the uneducated such as your self.

    Aruna Tuesday, 31 May 2016 05:35 PM

    Talk no none sense. it is as simple as that the ones who have the power will justify all sins they do. A day will come to repent them, but it would be too late for them.

    Sylvia Haik Tuesday, 31 May 2016 05:48 PM

    Let us not forget that Muslims make animal sacrifices on Hajj Festival Days. Their excuse of feeding the poor does not wash as there are so many animals slaughtered on this one day that most of the meat is wasted.

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