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Court of Appeal sets aside Jaffna HC order prohibiting animal sacrifices

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The Court of Appeal yesterday set aside the judgment of the Jaffna High Court which prohibited the animal sacrifice ritual in the Northern Province for the last three years.

The bench which comprised Justices Mahinda Samayawardhana and Kumudini Wickramasinghe also dismissed with costs of Rs 50,000 the writ application in the High Court. In 2016, a writ application was filed in the Jaffna High Court by Ahila Ilakai Saiva Maha Sabai of Kokuvil, Sivakolunthu Sothimuthu seeking an order prohibiting the animal sacrifice ritual in the Northern Province.

The High Court of Jaffna by its judgment dated 24/10/2017, prohibited the animal sacrifice ritual in the respective temples in the Northern Province. It granted a writ of prohibition restraining the respondents in that case or any other persons authorised by them from issuing permits to carry out the slaughter of animals and fowls in temple premises during a temple festival in their jurisdiction.

The President/ trustee of Kavunavathai Narasinga Vairavar Temple Paripalana Saba of Karukampanai, Sinnathurai Pushparajah contesting the said judgment filed a revision application in the Court of Appeal citing Ahila Ilakai Saiva Maha Sabai of Kokuvil, Sivakolunthu Sothimuthu, Valigamam North Pradeshiya Sabha, its secretary and three others as respondents.

K.V.S.Ganesharajah with Sarah George and Deepiga Yogarajah appeared for the appellant. Luxmanan Jeyakumar appeared for Ahila Ilakai Saiva Maha Sabai. Senior State Counsel Manohara Jayasinghe appeared for the State. (S.S.Selvanayagam)

  Comments - 6

  • abc Friday, 19 July 2019 12:16 PM

    And these barbarians want a separate state

    Lalin Friday, 19 July 2019 01:07 PM

    Most countries base their laws in close association with the religion of the majority population. As Buddhism is the majority religion here, slaughter of animals for sacrificial purposes should be prohibited island wide, not just in the north.

    Borat Friday, 19 July 2019 01:29 PM

    What a shame in the name of Buddhism people are being killed stop that first and then talk of buddhism . What double tongues

    malij Friday, 19 July 2019 01:29 PM

    We are going back to stone ages. How about animal rights? Only humans have a right to live

    Viktor Friday, 19 July 2019 02:04 PM

    Why only for sacrificial purposes ? Does Buddhism hold different standards when killing for sacrificial purpose and for human consumption ?

    DillonDP Friday, 19 July 2019 02:17 PM

    Yes lalin instead we can HV meatballs

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