Kill the animals that destroy crops-Minister

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In what appeared to be another controversial statement, Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardane said yesterday that animals such as monkeys, wild boar and crocodiles should be killed to protect crops and human lives.

Addressing a function in Bandarawela, he said that the monkeys that destroyed cultivations in Tangalle had been caught and sent to the Yala National Park and released but that all had returned to the cultivated lands.

At the meeting, the representatives of various farmer organisations charged that the authorities concerned were not taking action regarding the destruction of their crops by wild animals.

The minister said he had instructed the police in his area not to take action against those who kill monkeys and other animals that destroy their crops.

Most representatives said they did not have the freedom to do that in their areas and requested the minister to get permission for all the farmers in the country to do the same.

“Not only monkeys but also animals such as wild boar and crocodiles are also a problem for the people.  A wild boar gives birth to at least ten young at a time. They breed fast.  In the past there were hunters in our area.  Now there are no shotguns,” the minister said.

The farmers said, “Honourable minister, if we do it here, the police will arrest us.”

Mr. Abeywardane said, “I have instructed the police in my area not to arrest such persons.” (Palitha Ariyawansa)
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  • anil Monday, 29 October 2012 06:41 AM

    Hon Minister are you sensible enough to tell "kill our Nature". Are You influenced by the Poya moon.

    Sri Lanka Nationalis Monday, 29 October 2012 10:38 PM

    Sri Lanka is a pure Sinhala Budhist country and Lord Buddha said not to kill any life at all.

    According to Buddha even killing or cutting vegitable plants are sins. No body should eat vegitable even because then it kills the plant, a plant life.

    This is true Budhism in its pure sense.

    Andy Monday, 29 October 2012 07:03 AM

    would that overpopulate the earth with animals in that case? God has made the food chain perfectly where the human mind cant think of it.

    kacy Monday, 29 October 2012 12:00 AM

    fire the minister who kill the wild life. via DM Android App

    subbiah Monday, 29 October 2012 07:19 AM

    Is the minister a practicing Buddhist?

    Hong Kong John Monday, 29 October 2012 07:38 AM

    Dear Mamath, birth control is not killing the foetus, it is sensible procreation.

    Mara Pakis Monday, 29 October 2012 07:42 AM

    PROBABLY WONDERING WHAT THEIR DUTY IS APART FROM HARASSING MINORITIES.

    Ralph Kern Monday, 29 October 2012 08:13 AM

    First of all the corrupt politicians should be killed...

    manju Monday, 29 October 2012 08:21 AM

    yes. also ban all hospitals and clinics because they kill germs, viruses bacteria etc- germs are animals too.

    Purawesiya Monday, 29 October 2012 08:22 AM

    I must send my children to see the parliament before they kill all the animals there.

    dev Monday, 29 October 2012 08:16 AM

    Its part of the Miracle of Asia..

    amare Monday, 29 October 2012 09:02 AM

    lets all bring laws to stop killing animals....but let this human massacre, rape continue....if the animals harm humans u have to chase them off or kill...dont we kill mosquito's cos of dengue..

    lAPAS Monday, 29 October 2012 10:01 AM

    Also kill the animals, which kills humans by spreading rabies, and roaming the streets spreading all sorts of disease

    fernando Monday, 29 October 2012 12:00 AM

    Sri lanka became worst cz of this politician. That's why Sri Lanka couldn't develop. via DM Android App

    Lobo Monday, 29 October 2012 11:29 AM

    People will take this as license to kill elephants also...wait and see.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Monday, 29 October 2012 02:44 AM

    This may be the personal opinion of the Minister. Let the govenment issue it as a policy - although it is expected to meet with protests from those who advocate a "Dharma Raajya" and the other animal lover from Kelaniya.

    Thushara Monday, 29 October 2012 12:00 AM

    Kill the politicians who harm the country. via DM Android App

    kautilya Monday, 29 October 2012 02:41 AM

    At first the farmers should kill the rogue animal who said to kill wild animal destroying their crops.

    Hong Kong John Monday, 29 October 2012 02:48 AM

    Interesting that a government minister of a devout Buddhist country should advocate the killing of wild animals. MRs silence does not reflect well on the regime.

    Dan Monday, 29 October 2012 02:51 AM

    Why not all the politicians as well.

    lionheart Monday, 29 October 2012 03:01 AM

    These same idiots take flowers and offer to the temple while spewing these statements. I hope I will see retribution on this guy in this life itself in the form of Ditta Damma Wedaniya Kamma.

    Medusa Monday, 29 October 2012 03:17 AM

    Most of our political worthies have that killer mentality even for humans. Kill all those who are in the way!

    Matalan Monday, 29 October 2012 03:07 AM

    Once the cull starts any idiot will know there's no end. What about the two legged animals who destroy crops, property, economy, decency of women and children and the good name this country once had?

    Whildbour Monday, 29 October 2012 03:11 AM

    It is human lives and their crops in the first place, anyway what vet doctor says about this?

    anil Monday, 29 October 2012 03:12 AM

    Rouge politicians should not diminish must protect as it today.Wonder..

    John Monday, 29 October 2012 03:25 AM

    Of course this irrational statement from an uneducated Minister in this era of global conservation management that SL often boasts of.......has been misquoted?!

    PATRIOT Thursday, 01 November 2012 05:25 AM

    Visiting the Pope, family and all.

    Dalu Banda Monday, 29 October 2012 03:15 AM

    Monkeys are venerated creature in India. close to God. Hon. Minister can make a deal to export the Monkeys to Tamil NaIndia and earn some bugs. Think of this project very seriously.

    Jayasekara Monday, 29 October 2012 03:35 AM

    This is a real question face by cultivators there need to be a solutions one would be catch these animals and a keep them in a secure location feed them with money collected from well wishers (talk with your money)

    prasad Tuesday, 30 October 2012 05:21 AM

    Monkies will go to india as Asylum seekers !! life it at threat if returned to SL......
    Even to Australia.... from wonder of Asia!!

    mamath Monday, 29 October 2012 03:26 AM

    Real Buddhist philosophy..where is JHU who wanted to establish "Dharma Rajya"..Ha Ha...

    Nodrog Monday, 29 October 2012 03:29 AM

    What next? Inform people to take the law in to their own hands and kill rapist, murderers and other criminals? Just waiting for the Ministers next statement to say he was misquoted.

    Ausi Man Monday, 29 October 2012 03:44 AM

    where is Mervin Silva?

    Gamarala Monday, 29 October 2012 03:32 AM

    This is barbaric statement. we all know that deforestation is being the 1st clast damage to nature of Sri Lanka... Those ministers allocated land from forest to start cultivation , then where would animal should live in.. dont they have same rights as we ?? This should solve scientific way NOT in barbaric methods..

    Gaffi Monday, 29 October 2012 12:00 AM

    what about murderers, rapists and perpetrators of child abuses via DM Android App

    Balck Mamba Monday, 29 October 2012 03:50 AM

    Just look at the picture of the monkey. Who in his right mind can even think about destroying it? We humans have been encroaching into their land and laying waste to their source of food and they have nowhere else to go. What do we expect them to do, go about holding a begging bowl?

    firebot Monday, 29 October 2012 12:00 AM

    ya kill them pls including the minister via DM Android App

    bingo Monday, 29 October 2012 04:16 AM

    so Dear minister its only to sin cows? these monkeys , wild boars and crocodiles are supposed to sacrifice their lives for the betterment of humans? is this the most precious buddhist philosophy?

    samara Monday, 29 October 2012 04:18 AM

    instant solutions

    cap Monday, 29 October 2012 04:31 AM

    So where is Mervin Silva in this?? why does he not go public & protest against killing of animals?? is it only for the cow's & goats?? So it's ok to kill monkeys & other animals & t's not against the Sinhalese belief ?? this is such a joke i tell u. There is a good old saying that we used to know of & it goes like this "Do what is say, But Don't do what i Do"... Mervin where is protesters against killing of animals now???? ....

    Lobo Monday, 29 October 2012 04:40 AM

    This is the same nincompoop who allowed the cutting of a new road through the Sinharaja forests.

    xlntgson Tuesday, 30 October 2012 06:43 AM

    India exports monkeys and stops as conservation demands, why do they import?

    Muthu Monday, 29 October 2012 04:48 AM

    Today is Poya day and as Buddists we should not even think of killing anyone. However there are lot of political crooks right from the top who deserve punishment for corruption,nepotism, endangering rule of law and downright thuggery. these crooks should be dealt with in an appropriate manner.

    Tharani Monday, 29 October 2012 02:23 PM

    Why are you killing the animals. Catch and send them to Mulaithivu area as earlier did with elephant.

    Maru Murder Monday, 29 October 2012 04:42 AM

    Dear Minister before you open your mouth to utter something stupid as this please think...everything has a price but common sense is priceless.
    How about shooting those who have encroached and destroyed Forests that once allowed these animals to roam freely fending for themselves. Now this would be also a great excuse to shoot, Elephants, Deer, Leopard what not....Where is our Mervin Silva when you need him.

    Citizen of SL Monday, 29 October 2012 04:59 AM

    Has he gone nuts.? How can he make a statement like this, he should have been punished for these kind of order by the world animal protect organisations.

    Andy Monday, 29 October 2012 05:08 AM

    where is the bodu bala seyna...

    P.A.Ariyaratne Monday, 29 October 2012 05:52 AM

    This world is not only for human beings. All living creature in this world must live. Unless we reduce human population, which is expanding rapidly, the nature will take care of it and reduce the expanding human population by some means. Killing other animals is not a solution for this.

    niraj Monday, 29 October 2012 05:11 PM

    This is very good step. Thanks hon minister. Who ever does not want to kill monkeys, pigs and rats please come foreard to catch them and take it to you houses.

    Upul Monday, 29 October 2012 05:52 AM

    Killing animals that harm crops will not solve the problem. First, set in motion a system of birthcontrol of humans, then help these farmers to erect fences and barriers to protect their crops. Killing animals is the lazy, and easy way out. Does this Minister think that Humans are more important than animals?

    Sareek Monday, 29 October 2012 06:05 AM

    Kill everything except cow. Let cows and jhu rule the country.

    Gee Monday, 29 October 2012 05:58 AM

    Today is Vap Poya day ...

    patriot Monday, 29 October 2012 12:00 AM

    Mr.Minister
    In that case we have to kill the politicians who destroy this country and it's innocent people.
    you people do more harm to this country than the wild animals do. via DM Android App

    mamath Monday, 29 October 2012 06:20 AM

    Birth Control means killing of fetus! Is it OK with Buddhism??

    mamath Monday, 29 October 2012 06:22 AM

    Vadi (veddha) Bana

    mamath Monday, 29 October 2012 06:24 AM

    Not only on Poya days. Everyday my dear..

    Anura Monday, 29 October 2012 06:24 AM

    Lord Buddha has said not to harm any animal. This include fish too. But we have a fisheries dept. Govt should bring strict law and ban all animal killings. Not only cows, even chicken, pigs and mosquitos etc etc. All animals.


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