Gift elephants, legalise wild boar killing: Dy. Minister

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Wild life laws should be amended and new laws should be implemented for common animal species that were considered threat to humans, Skills Development and Vocational Training Deputy Minister Karunarathne Paranawithana suggested while attending the Balangoda Coordination Committee yesterday.

The minister said most of the wild animals had some form of threat to humans and suitable measures should be taken to control the fast spreading animal species to minimise the conflict.

“When it comes to human-elephant conflict, it had been a major problem in rural areas.

There are about 6,000 elephants in the country and its population is increasing rapidly. 6,000 elephants are too many for Sri Lankan forests to sustain. 4,000 elephants are more than enough,” he said.

“I’m not recommending killing the elephants, but country’s animal rights and wild life laws should be amended. The laws should be amended to rear elephants as pets and surplus wild-elephants should be given to other countries to control the elephant population,” Minister Paranawithana said.

Several participants made the Deputy Minister aware of the nuisance caused by other wild animals like wild boar and monkeys.

In response Deputy Minister Paranawithana stated that, if laws had been enforced legalising the killing of such animals, people should be allowed to sell their meat as well.

“No one fuss about killing of mosquitoes. The social dialog regarding animal rights have become no more practical,” he said.

He said that he would discuss the matter in the next parliament session. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

  Comments - 38

  • humane Tuesday, 05 September 2017 09:06 PM

    What right or qualifications do you have to decide on how many elephants are enough?Tell people to practice family planning and also legalise abortions without behaving like disgusting irresponsible breeders.

    Hil Wednesday, 06 September 2017 10:31 AM

    I agree 100%. SL has no idea about family planning. Exporting elephants is NOT the answer, how can this man be so stupid??

    Bawa Wednesday, 06 September 2017 01:00 PM

    We have an excess of ministers, lets export them too while we are at it.

    das Tuesday, 05 September 2017 09:14 PM

    What an ignorant statement by a minister during an age where the world is starting to recognise animals rights and try to provide them with more protection and kindness .What is needed is reform to amend existing laws such that humane treatment of animals is encouraged, more punishment for cruelty to animals and so on. Not to find ways to kill the whole lot or to treat them as goods to be given as gifts.

    Raz Tuesday, 05 September 2017 09:58 PM

    For once there appears to be one right thinking politician in this country . Selling the elephants is a debatable issue. Getting rid of wildboars is definitely a great idea. via DM Android App

    XxX Tuesday, 05 September 2017 10:37 PM

    Getting rid of people like this minister will be the solution to protecting wildlife species. Every other country will do something ethical like committing to conserve flora or fauna, only our idiots will look to make a buck out of selling wildlife and not care for it's wellbeing.

    Matipahana Tuesday, 05 September 2017 11:00 PM

    Is this the kind of leaders that SL has??!!?? No one is worried about forests and wild-life anymore???!!!??

    ceylon Tuesday, 05 September 2017 11:28 PM

    another joke.jungles belong to animals.animals homes are jungles.when people invading their homes they attack.advice people not to go there.stupid. via DM Android App

    Frank Tuesday, 05 September 2017 11:37 PM

    What a Moron ... know the "Yahapalana" jokers are attacking innocent wildlife!!!

    Voter Wednesday, 06 September 2017 12:04 AM

    Arrest and punish those guilty of corruption first before killing innocent animals.

    Ajith Wednesday, 06 September 2017 12:16 AM

    This make sense. If you export elephants do so as a family unit. Study the African culling.

    Jaliya Thursday, 14 September 2017 12:00 PM

    It only makes sense to a brainless ignorant and uncivilized person. Between swindlers and ideology like this we have no place in this world.

    ROSHAN GOONESEKERA Wednesday, 06 September 2017 01:18 AM

    what an idiot.

    Love Sri Lanka Wednesday, 06 September 2017 01:23 AM

    Start selling elephant to countries This is a natural resource. Get an income to contry.

    neville Wednesday, 06 September 2017 08:58 AM

    Start from parliament!

    Ram Wednesday, 06 September 2017 02:36 AM

    You have lots of merit in what you say. The GMOA and Weerawansa are sure to oppose any amendment of the laws to implement what you say.

    Lal.Fernando. Wednesday, 06 September 2017 02:44 AM

    Dear Sir,I agree with you totaly.Especialy with regards to wild boar,Sri lanka can make a very great foreighn currency earning , by slaughterin them humanly and exporting or even for domestic consumption.But it should be done humanly, and under strict supervision of the proper authorities.Must not let the corruption creap into it.Sincerely,Lal.Fernando.

    Kumar Soysa Wednesday, 06 September 2017 02:57 AM

    For ONCE, just ONCE someone has proposed a sensible idea. Wild Boar as well as monkeys and migratory birds cause immense harm to cultivations and homes. Till 1987, these animals were not protected so there was NO damage done to cultivations. Now, with our crazy ideas, no one can keep even a home garden in Piliyandala because of monkeys and in due time wild boar will invade areas close to cities.

    Ami Wednesday, 06 September 2017 04:31 AM

    Legalize, Wild Boar killings - Sir My vote for you !!!I love Pork !

    Professor J.Jinadasa Wednesday, 06 September 2017 04:49 AM

    Hon Minister Paranavithana, Killing of wild boar is very good, these animals do not have natural predators so their population continue to rise destroying agriculture. Control their population based on quota system per year.

    Gune Wednesday, 06 September 2017 04:59 AM

    Just another example of a minister displaying his ignorance in all his glory.

    Mike (DE) Wednesday, 06 September 2017 05:27 AM

    Good decisions. Practical.

    Dan Wednesday, 06 September 2017 05:52 AM

    More serious damage to the human society is caused by the politicians but not by wild animals.. Hence, wish to know what the Deputy Minister's suggestion to counter that treat????

    srilalp Wednesday, 06 September 2017 07:38 AM

    Excellent !!! considering that there is no alternate plan for all issues involved .

    Concerned Wednesday, 06 September 2017 08:59 AM

    Do what is assigned to you without trying to harm innocent animals. It is not up to you to decide the fate of animals. We need compassionate rulers.

    wow really Wednesday, 06 September 2017 09:19 AM

    Regarding the elephants issue, XXXXL Magnums would work

    nimmi Wednesday, 06 September 2017 09:19 AM

    His mother has done grate mistake delivering him

    Citizen Wednesday, 06 September 2017 09:31 AM

    Stop trying to get cheap publicity at the expense of innocent animals

    Senewi Wednesday, 06 September 2017 12:16 PM

    We will have to sell this man to a foreign country in order to safeguard the wild life .

    stardust Wednesday, 06 September 2017 12:15 PM

    Wildlife is not a subject of this DyM . By the way how many wildboars can be shot at the parliament via DM Android App

    ceylon Wednesday, 06 September 2017 02:26 PM

    he like tasty pork curry. via DM Android App

    bala Wednesday, 06 September 2017 03:11 PM

    Great idea. He smells money and also knows how to make a quick buck for himself. All the cronies who get the export licence will give him a kickback. Usual story.

    ralahami Wednesday, 06 September 2017 03:26 PM

    what is not looked at is the number of elephants killed by people. it is estimated that 100-150 elephants are killed every year. and about 50 humans are killed every year by elephants. "Hakka patus" is been used to kill wildbores and other animals and innocent by standers are elephants and leopards and sometimes human.no point criticising the minister , something must be done after looking at the problem rather than saying there is no problem.

    Ej Wednesday, 06 September 2017 04:23 PM

    Maybe someone should legalize hunting humans then all the problems would be solved. I thought this was a buddhist country what a joke to think of even elgalizig killing of wild animals.

    Ej Wednesday, 06 September 2017 04:28 PM

    If there are 6000 elephants and the minister thinks that there is only room for 4000 then I think one should expand the forest area to accomodate the elephants get rid of some of the humans. The elepahants are cheaper for the public to mainatin than the mnisters.

    Eesha Wednesday, 06 September 2017 04:39 PM

    Its not the animals that are a threat to humans its the ignorent human beings that have been a threat to all life in the planet. What a goat his minister is.

    Shawn Thursday, 07 September 2017 02:51 PM

    Who elected these people? Oh wait.. you did.. I'm sure that most of the lands in this country are being swooped in on by ministers using their relatives names. This is probably why they are not computerizing the land registry, so that things won't be easy to track.

    Wicrama Thursday, 14 September 2017 12:10 PM

    Arrogant and obnoxious statement by an uneducated RAT. This scum rat need a cage we call a Jail cell.No wonder we are treated like RATS in other countries !!


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