The main opposition United National Party (UNP) said today that it was the responsibility of the government to look into the wellbeing of not only human beings but also the animals in zoos.
UNP parliamentarian Ajith P. Perera told media while participating in a fact finding mission in the Dehiwala Zoo today that they decided to make their third fact finding mission in the Dehiwala Zoo after they were informed by experts that several issues concerning with the wellbeing of the animals in the zoo.
He was referring to lions and hippopotamus that died recently at the zoo.
“The standard of the Zoo has deteriorated recently and the authorities had turned a blind eye. So we had to look into it as our third fact finding mission. We have a right to do so as this is a place concerned with public money,” Perera said.
MP Perera assured that they would report the issues in Parliament after having discussions with the administration.
“We know that people have issues but these animals cannot complain or protest like people do. We learnt that the animals in the zoo were in misery and the standard of the zoo is also deteriorating. The government must look into the wellbeing of the animals as well. We hope to direct the attention of the authorities towards this and hasten the proposed development work in the zoo,” he said.
Mr. P. Perera charged that Sri Lankan experts were constructing world’s best Zoo in Singapore while our National Zoo was downgrading.
“Our experts are constructing world’s best zoo in Singapore but our National Zoo is deteriorating,” he said.
UNP parliamentarians Dr. Harsha de Silva, Ruwan Wijewardane, Ajith Mannapperuma, Eran Wickramaratne, Ajith P. Perera and R. Yogarajan participated in the fact finding mission.(Ajith Siriwardana)
Comments - 18
Renu Thursday, 19 June 2014 01:18 PM
No toy Pistols this time Animals are dieing. This was the best zoo injAsia under the UNP regime
Rubert Vanderkoon Thursday, 19 June 2014 01:19 PM
Going to the Zoo? You mean to Sirikotha? or to the Parliament? I am confused.
pematilaka Friday, 20 June 2014 07:29 AM
To find an elephant?? Hardly any at Sirikotha!
gihan Thursday, 19 June 2014 01:37 PM
zoo is one place kids never tired seen.
Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 20 June 2014 12:31 PM
Good expert actors of UNP acted in this drama. This is not important at this hour somany major issues are pending..
Prasannajit Thursday, 19 June 2014 01:38 PM
They have got the priorities mixed up. What is wrong with them?
Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 20 June 2014 12:35 PM
Bring Ranil from UNP and Mervyn Silva from UPFA then we could watch a good Elephant dance. Ha.... Ha... Ha... to see UNP & UPFA are fooling the public.
wickrama Thursday, 19 June 2014 01:50 PM
let him enjoy at least there. opposition for nothing
Mottayah Thursday, 19 June 2014 01:52 PM
Better put some of our jokers and politickas into this cages in the Zoo..at least some place where they may belong.
Nizar Thursday, 19 June 2014 02:07 PM
They can enjoy the elephant dance there
LM Friday, 20 June 2014 04:23 AM
Why.. they are still look after parliament nee
Orchidnews Friday, 20 June 2014 04:36 AM
FINALLY! Yes there are larger issues at hand, but this is a clear reflection of the country.. especially a major Buddhist country. People come and see the Zoo and only think "neglect" by the government... its an easy issue to fix and the small things all add up to bring the nation to the next level.
raj Friday, 20 June 2014 04:57 AM
[quote name="Rubert Vanderkoon"]Going to the Zoo? You mean to Sirikotha? or to the Parliament? I am confused.[/quote]
That is for only the cows and the bulls. In Zoo you get see to other animals.
Ratna Friday, 20 June 2014 09:52 AM
They have gone to the Zoo to replace 3 sick elephants.
sarath banda Friday, 20 June 2014 10:01 AM
keep R W to watch over zoo and appoint a proper leader for unp
zuh Friday, 20 June 2014 06:48 AM
first stop the elephant migration. via DM Android App
kotik Friday, 20 June 2014 11:35 AM
may be to book a vacant cagefor them to live permanently after the next election.Sad to see plight of UNP over years & years. via DM Android App
Chill Friday, 20 June 2014 11:11 AM
Looking for a lead elephant to replace Ranils? The African bull elephant can be more active than Ranils.
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