President Maithripala Sirisena said today during a special discussion that priority should be given for the Perahera culture which come from ancient times and pointed out the importance of finding out solutions for the issue of using tamed elephants for the Perahera under long and short term plans.
The discussion was held with the participation of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Ministry Secretary S.P.B. Meegasmulla and the Diyawadana Nilame of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic to discuss about protecting the Buddhists temple procession culture in view of the current controversy regarding the tamed elephants.
As a short term plan the attention had been drawn to ascertain the possibility of using the tamed elephants in the custody of the Wildlife Department by court orders for the Perahera as well as many long term plans were discussed in detail at the meeting.
In addition to this, attention had been drawn to use the tamed elephants using for other industrial purposes for the Perahera.
annoyed Thursday, 02 June 2016 01:53 AM
Mr. President, why not make use of alternative ways to do peraharas without using animals? Do you really believe these animals made partcipate voluntariliy?
ranjith Chandrasekera Thursday, 02 June 2016 05:15 AM
The cat is out of the bag. Discussion to use tamed elephants not only for perahera but for the use of industrial purposes as well. Temples that never owned an elephant also have applied to own elephants pretending to be for perahera purposes. The whole truth is that the rest of the year these elephants are abused and subject to cruelty to lift heavy loads what they could not handle and work for long hours without a rest. If president wants to maintain perahera culture these animals should be lent only for the purpose of parading and return back to animal orphanage or where ever they have shelter for peaceful living.
sathees Thursday, 02 June 2016 06:47 AM
I always wonder how the Elephant and flames come together at Perahera. It is a recipe for disaster.
ANTON Thursday, 02 June 2016 07:37 AM
YES SIR !!! WE NEED MORE AND MORE ELEPHANTS "PANDAM" PEOPLE, OLU BAKKO DANCERS, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, MADU VALIGA (INSTEAD OF KASA) PEOPLE.
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