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The proposed amendment to the Dog Registration Ordinance will result in the mass killing of dogs, a consumer rights group said yesterday.

The President of the National Movement for Consumer Rights Protection, Ranjith Withanage said the proposed amendment which the government is hoping to introduce under which a person would be subjected to a fine of no less than Rs.25,000 if he or she dumps dogs in public places or lets the domestic dogs to go astray, would not be a healthy move as it would result in the killing of unwanted animals.

He said the government should make sure that the programme of sterilizing stray dogs was carried out effectively so that the stray-dog population can be controlled. “If the proposed amendment is implemented, there will be large-scale killing of dogs, because people will resort to killing dogs to avoid paying fines,” Mr. Withanage said.

Meanwhile, Provincial Council and Local Government Minister Faizer Mustapha confirmed that he would submit a Cabinet paper on amending the Dog Registration Ordinance next week. “The intention of the amendment is to stop people from dumping animals in public places and to make them more concerned about the animals,” he said. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 12

  • Aku Saturday, 18 February 2017 10:01 AM

    So whats wrong with killing strays??? You guys may love them dogs but what do you'll do to curb this menace?? I say kill them all and feed them to the animals in our zoo...

    Lord Wolfstein Saturday, 18 February 2017 10:03 AM

    Then the same punishment should also be introduced for the killing of dogs.

    Raz Saturday, 18 February 2017 10:12 AM

    JO & JVP Now take this opportunity & get all the dogs on the streets to demonstrate via DM Android App

    Jagath Leanage Saturday, 18 February 2017 10:21 AM

    Good move.

    Ajith Saturday, 18 February 2017 10:21 AM

    I love dogs and have a couple of my own. However, stray dogs are a real menace and a health risk too. To be controlled one way or another.

    wtf Saturday, 18 February 2017 10:30 AM

    This is a good move!! I hate those stray dogs.

    Ablik Sunday, 19 February 2017 04:44 AM

    Stray dogs thrive because people feed them. Please stop feeding stray dogs!

    Gawee Sunday, 19 February 2017 11:10 AM

    People who object to killing of stray dogs, which carry diseases, because it is taking life, should also object killing of mosquitoes, which is again life. At least mosquitoes do not dirty the roads or howl in the nights.

    lawy Sunday, 19 February 2017 11:11 AM

    Start a refugee camp for the dogs so those not willing to pay the Rs.25,000/- hand the dog over. Let the authorities deal with them. Stray dogs are intelligent you cannot just kill them.

    Sri123 Sunday, 19 February 2017 11:37 AM

    So you mean they should starve to death ? I thought this was a Buddhist country.

    Mohanan Sunday, 19 February 2017 05:54 PM

    You mean we must starve them to death? How inhumane! Sterilizing the stray dogs is the right thing.

    luc Monday, 20 February 2017 09:25 AM

    The stray dogs are a menace. Dog bites are rather dangerous, and the extent of problems one has to face are numerous, like series of injections, the expenses etc.,

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