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Steps are being taken to explore the possibility of banning animal sacrifice in Sri Lanka, Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne said.

“The relevant officials have been asked to study the legal provisions in this regard,” the Premier said addressing a gathering in Gampha a short while ago.

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  • Patriot Tuesday, 02 November 2010 09:55 AM

    Mr.Prime minister, first stop slaughting the innocent civilians, your government dosent know the what is humanity? how to repect the humaity. you are talking about animals.
    couple of years closer to haj festival this is hot topic.
    for you people it is not good to slaughter but it is good to eat.

    xlntgson Tuesday, 02 November 2010 10:05 AM

    Daily slaughter of animals should also be banned; and the import of meat fish and derivatives/products should also be banned.
    I'm a Muslim but I prefer eating greens, vegetables, fruits and grains.

    Labby Tuesday, 02 November 2010 10:05 AM

    If this is a problem for DM Jayaratne then let him solve his own problem. But there are certain sections and faiths which may need to do this, and no one has the right to infringe on those. We will be bringing on unnecessary problems in the country if legislation to this effect is passed.

    Jix Tuesday, 02 November 2010 10:22 AM

    So Sri Lanka should adjust to your wants and needs and world views is it?

    Hasiya Tuesday, 02 November 2010 10:22 AM

    An excellent move by DM! Well done sir!

    Raja Tuesday, 02 November 2010 10:25 AM

    This will never happen despite the fact that the exploration may continue for some centuries. .

    the under taker Tuesday, 02 November 2010 10:26 AM


    Elton John Tuesday, 02 November 2010 10:28 AM

    my comment 'sacrifice' please

    bash Tuesday, 02 November 2010 10:29 AM

    First stop or ban sacrificing for political survival, like sacrificing our brave war hero.............. he was one of the pillars to defeat the ruthless LTTE

    Jix Tuesday, 02 November 2010 10:31 AM

    This is not a simplistic issue. A ban would definitely be discriminatory in nature against minority groups who practice is as a religious ritual. The only least damaging alternative maybe to set minimum standards in the process at all rituals and abattoirs (more pleasant word for a slaughterhouse)

    Ramzeel Tuesday, 02 November 2010 10:47 AM

    Di Mu should not trespass in religious affairs. May be he understands that he will not be voted by the Muslims in Gampola at the next General Election since his time is up..

    subavadee Tuesday, 02 November 2010 10:47 AM

    The word he used "animal sacrifice" is directly targeting Muslims and going against Islam. Because this is the hajj season where sacrifice is part of the rutuals. We all should know that scientifically Humans are omnivors. All religions prohibit unnecessary killing of Animals. But Meat is part of human diet and any relegion cannot deny it. If it denies, that religion is not going with nature. If DMJ had said "animal slaughter will be banned" there would be some sense that he is a good buddist. But this is purely angering a community and creating troubles, that is against Buddism too. So he is not a pure Buddist, I think.

    hayesha Tuesday, 02 November 2010 10:56 AM

    One wise decision he's going to take, many thanks for that.

    nihal Tuesday, 02 November 2010 10:57 AM

    You mean.. stop killing animal and allowing to slaughter humen who opose the Gvt. mainly media men???

    Mashook Tuesday, 02 November 2010 10:58 AM

    Country's 63% beef consumers are PURE BUDDHISTS (according to a documentary which telecast over RUPAVAHINI with a group of people including a SCIENTIST / MONK / PROFESSOR). Dear P.M. Do not try to interfere into other religions matter. YOU MAY BE OLD AND DOCTOR WOULD HAVE TOLD NOT TO HAVE BEEF

    Lam Tuesday, 02 November 2010 10:58 AM

    does di mu eat meat?

    m rifai nazim Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:00 AM

    I wonder fishes life is lesser value than animals life? If yes go ahead and ban animal slaughter. If not - STOP IT.

    Lankaputra Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:04 AM

    It is not! Animal sacrifices are banned in India! Do you see people there running around claiming discrimination?

    Rahmathullah Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:07 AM

    There many to talk about animal rights but none to talk about human rights in Sri-Lanka. Are we lower than animals?

    Ranga Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:07 AM

    Should ban eating Beef, Chicken, Mutton, Fish & egg. Even drinking cow milk also a sin. We kill lot of living bacteria while drinking milk. A real vegetarian will not drink milk.

    Observer from Qatar Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:11 AM

    Panatipatta - refrain from taking life
    Abinnadana - refrain from stealing
    Kamesu micchacara - refrain from sexual misconduct
    Musavada - refrain from telling lies
    Sura-meraya-majja-pamadatthana - refrain from intoxicating liquors & drugs that lead to carelessness

    As the prime minister of the GOSL, are you satisfied with the above FIVE precepts of Buddhism, which clearly outlines the way of life for humans before considering looking at the wellbeing of animals? Every single percept is broken due to the involvement of politicians or loopholes, which exists with the law.

    dilan Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:17 AM

    good good

    lakmal Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:19 AM

    So you're suggesting the govt should delay this measure until not a single innocent civilian is killed? Where's your brain, son?

    THUSH Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:19 AM

    it must be band from this country

    Roshan Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:19 AM

    People have right to follow their religion in Sri Lanka. Buddist, Hindus, Muslims and Christians should follow their religious activity without intervent by others will buildup livable Srilanka. Anywhere politicians initiate trouble to smooth movement.

    O S - Doha Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:20 AM

    FYI, Di Mu did not come to parliament with Gampola or Kandy people's votes he was (s)elected through national he has no worries.......peoples must have freedom to have their moreish foods..... if anyone wants to eat meat let them eat.... if anyone likes to have vegitarian foods also let him have it. If the PM wants to consume only Rice let him enjoy it.. if others wants have "Terrorist Bread" they too must be allowed to enjoy it..... do not make any deviation among varied tongues..............

    Lam Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:24 AM

    Rajitha minister of fishery should ban fishing.

    spark Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:27 AM

    He is exactly correct. First the state needs to have clean hands and righteous before understanding to handle the affairs of communities. Regarding your brain, it is in the same place as our legislators.

    D.M.Jayaratne Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:27 AM

    I am planning to be a Vegitarian..So I need people being the Same

    Jix Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:29 AM

    Actually, I do have a few Indian friends of Islamic faith that think it is discriminatory but they don’t run around claiming anything for whatever reason Also personally, I am not for animal sacrifices but as stated, I do not believe the issue is that simple

    spark Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:31 AM

    The criteria for selecting Sri Lankan Prime Ministers under MR is absolutely nothing to do being wise. In fact it is just the opposite.

    Kamiss Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:33 AM

    Banning only for "sacrifice"? How about daily slaughter of animal for food, like cattle, chicken, fish or crabs? The minister himself may not know the implications of what he is trying to do.

    spark Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:35 AM

    He ate everything in his younger days. Now when he gets closer to the grave, he thinks actions like this can bring him blessings to his new life where he will again start doing everything in life.

    Ameen Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:35 AM

    Srilanka is a multicultural Island. Politicians should respect to all religion.

    Treemen Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:36 AM

    I Thought Plants do have life.....
    Dear D.M when are we going to Ban vegitables, They do have life...
    Lets set an example for the whole world.

    MBBS Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:44 AM

    Well done sir !!
    just you are targeting the media coverage for your statement. doing or stating such sensible & shocking things are bring media easily to your home desk.
    There is nothing to do with Muslims ritual of animal sacrificing and his funny statement, just this is a move of his political tactics(???) .. totally irresponsible statement.
    This is kind of psychological sickness which is politicians are effected internationally.

    May God bless him for Good knowledge

    Mohamed Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:45 AM

    Now the month of Haj and the 10th day of this month is a Holy day for us Muslims. Our Hon PM is trying to put a another Gundu to stir up trouble with this rubbish talk of bringing regulations to stop slaughtering of animals for sacrificing. It is bad to slaughter, but good to eat when some rich merchant or the adjoining town Minister brings a BIIIGGgg Plate (SHAHEN we Muslims call) of rice with a KURMA Lamb Chop and Chicken etc is he going to throw away? Pl Hon PM respect the rights of the Muslims and others who want to eat flesh meat.

    CD Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:53 AM

    This says banning animal "sacrifice". So I assume that it is not targeted at stopping killing for day to day requirements of meat, but on special occasions like "Bili puja". If this assumption is right, this is a good move. We are in the 21st century and its shame to do such rituals. If those who do it have no sense or brains to understand that, making it a law is the best approach. In most countries it is like that.

    Fair n Square Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:54 AM

    He just opened a can of worms. Now it will boomerang on him. Dear Minister, IF SPEECH is silver SILENCE is GOLDEN. SL is a multi ethnic country, be tolerant to all religions and don't step on others rights. It is scientifically proven that slaughtering an animal is more healthy than Stunning it. When slaughtered the blood oozes out with all the poison within, where as when stunned, the animal is shocked and the blood freezes with the flesh with the poison in it. I read this on a BBC news article after a UN research.

    RANJITH Tuesday, 02 November 2010 12:08 PM

    Too bad,You have to change your faith.We can't go back to 2000yrs.Learn how to respect to all animals,including you!!!

    Yehiya-Doha Tuesday, 02 November 2010 12:15 PM

    There are lot of burning issues.Only beef is the cheap meat.
    One kilo normal fish is 600/=. Reduse all food price then people want need meat.

    Ranjit Tuesday, 02 November 2010 12:43 PM

    Banning animal sacrifice is good, if you can get it approved by MR. Please don't play for the gallery.

    DXB Tuesday, 02 November 2010 12:45 PM

    But It is not compulsory for Muslims to eat Meat . It is an optional food for survival .

    namal Tuesday, 02 November 2010 12:47 PM

    It's banned in most parts of India, why are we scared of some barbarians using religion to practice primitive acts to bring down our rich culture protected for thousands of ys?
    Good on you Prime Ministe..!

    muslim Tuesday, 02 November 2010 01:32 PM

    shall we compare it with the whole world? why just india? you fool ! learn how to think impartially...

    Muhammed Tuesday, 02 November 2010 01:33 PM

    Where's freedom of religion ?

    mnsmart Tuesday, 02 November 2010 01:37 PM

    he is too old and unable to bite meat. (May be due to substandard dentures) that is the whole issue....

    Afker Tuesday, 02 November 2010 01:51 PM

    before we start banning animal sacrifices .Please make a sacrifice to avoid corruption , nepotism , extra judicial killings and injustice for a better Sri Lanka.

    Ahmed Tuesday, 02 November 2010 01:52 PM

    Im am a muslim too and i cannot pass a single day without having non veg. Its my right and i will fight for my right.

    Above the crowd Tuesday, 02 November 2010 02:00 PM

    Patriot, Why not jump in the Beira lake,make sure you have a bun in your mouth so that you can float for a while.

    Above the crowd Tuesday, 02 November 2010 02:01 PM

    He is sitting on his brain.

    perumal Tuesday, 02 November 2010 02:14 PM

    No,no! What I understand he says is stop human sacrifice for political gain at the same time as stopping animal sacrifice

    purohitha Tuesday, 02 November 2010 02:17 PM

    Please Please Please dont delay. Prohibit sacrificing animals in our country irrespective of the occasion or the religion. If you go ahead and do that you will be remembered and you could be happy that you done something good.

    rana Tuesday, 02 November 2010 02:21 PM

    Wait.. wait..
    If anybody have sympathy on those animals then just DON’T eat them. It may be for any festival or for religious activity or for food, killing is killing. Thousands of animal sacrifice everyday because we eat them.

    MOHAMED ANVER NOOR Tuesday, 02 November 2010 02:26 PM

    Fine you are vegetarian regardless of your Religion.We majority cannot only eat vegetable and poll sambol

    polkiccha Tuesday, 02 November 2010 02:28 PM

    wake up (non)patriot. Slaughter of animals for sacrifice is what is going to be stopped and about time too.
    And can you kindly point out where innocent civillians are salughtered? are you refering to 1988-90 or the LTTE's killings?

    polkiccha Tuesday, 02 November 2010 02:29 PM

    Eating as a means of survival is not the same as a brainless sacrifice. How come someone who cannot understand that learn to operate a computer?

    polkiccha Tuesday, 02 November 2010 02:30 PM

    any faith that promotes killing should be banned.

    surapappa Tuesday, 02 November 2010 04:13 PM

    stop catching fish too.

    surapappa Tuesday, 02 November 2010 04:17 PM

    Close all liquor shops and all meat shops,

    Saradial Tuesday, 02 November 2010 04:47 PM

    Also Drinking milk is against Calf's rights! Any comments from So-called Animal Lovers?

    Mohamed Shafraz Tuesday, 02 November 2010 04:57 PM

    This is pure Intolerance of other religions.

    I think real Buddhists will not interfere into other religions

    Sammy Tuesday, 02 November 2010 05:08 PM

    If large-scale public display of slaughter of animals is banned, it is most welcome. Even killing animals for food should be done in a "humane" manner, i.e. with the least amount of pain or even no pain to the animal.

    anton Tuesday, 02 November 2010 05:23 PM

    hey if you jump into beira lake you have to come out without your skin!

    aaa Tuesday, 02 November 2010 05:23 PM

    Since they are belonging to animal, they take messures to prevent for what they are belonging to

    MAAS Tuesday, 02 November 2010 05:24 PM


    MAAS Tuesday, 02 November 2010 05:31 PM


    herath Tuesday, 02 November 2010 05:33 PM

    go and tell this in another country and they will laugh at you. what you need to understand is humane way of slaughtering animals, whether it is for human consumption or sacrifice, what ever case may be.
    follower of PETA

    MAAS Tuesday, 02 November 2010 05:33 PM


    shameer Tuesday, 02 November 2010 05:34 PM

    why dont the govt consider banning COCONUT SACRIFICE..... our coconut prices would go down if you could do this.......

    Daya Tuesday, 02 November 2010 06:16 PM

    What crocodile tears, Polkichcha! At 19.58 today you have pretended that we, Sinhalese, have not killed a single "innocent civilian"!
    How easily such claims trip off the tongues of racists and bigots!

    Southpaw Tuesday, 02 November 2010 06:18 PM

    the end of the Big Mac for me.. I think I will have to change over to Vegetable Burghers ....

    polkiccha Tuesday, 02 November 2010 06:36 PM

    somehow every topic ends up with the war hero ... its like some kind of obsession.......

    polkiccha Tuesday, 02 November 2010 06:36 PM

    Religions should learn to respect life. Human or Animal

    polkiccha Tuesday, 02 November 2010 06:38 PM

    Why do people give this comment thumbs down?
    Do they belong to a murderous religion?

    al qaeda Tuesday, 02 November 2010 06:40 PM

    Please Please Please dont delay. Prohibit sacrificing innocent human lives in our country thro murders, xtra-judicial killins, white van abductions etc irrespective of the circumstances or the religion. If you go ahead and do that first, youll be remebered and you could be happy that you have done something good.

    polkiccha Tuesday, 02 November 2010 06:41 PM

    you ought to vegetables are good for the brain

    polkiccha Tuesday, 02 November 2010 06:42 PM

    What faith is a faith that does not respect life? I think its more of a satanic cult that promotes animal sacrifice

    polkiccha Tuesday, 02 November 2010 06:43 PM

    I dare say you shouldn't call murderous religions RELIGION.
    and btw where's freedom of religion in Saudi etc.??????

    bernard Tuesday, 02 November 2010 07:31 PM

    Animal sacrifice is plain stupid. Long time ago ignorant people believed by sacrificing animals, they could appease the Gods to prevent natural disasters and sicknesses. It is mind boggling to see there are people belive in this type of meaningless rituals now.

    Daya Tuesday, 02 November 2010 07:38 PM

    Why not face the fact that civilians get killed in every major war? Not deliberately, but sometimes that, too, happens.

    Wisdom Tuesday, 02 November 2010 07:57 PM




    J.D Tuesday, 02 November 2010 08:05 PM

    Sir .....are you a CHOLESTOROL pation.....

    Alfie Tuesday, 02 November 2010 08:12 PM

    As if this is the most pressing need of the moment. President's term is extended even before he starts his next term. Sacrifice is to be banned while daily animals are slaughtered for food. If slaughter is allowed whats wrong with sacrifice. In both case4s the meat is consumed. If only sacrifice is stopped, that amount of meat will anyway be consumed thru slaughtering animals at the abattoirs.

    KD Tuesday, 02 November 2010 08:39 PM

    How do you know? Were you there when he was young?

    RajasH Tuesday, 02 November 2010 08:47 PM

    yes indeed this is the most pressing problem in the countrthe whole country should become vegetarians like the politicians

    RajasH Tuesday, 02 November 2010 08:48 PM

    why stop at animal sacrifice extend it to all animal slaughter

    Haseeb Tuesday, 02 November 2010 10:40 PM

    does this mean KFC , McDonald and all star class hotels will be converted to SAIVAR KADE. Dear PM why dont you close down Liqour shops, casinos and brothels, I know you can live without them.

    Hadi Tuesday, 02 November 2010 10:49 PM

    What about banning eating eggs! Wattalapam will be not in the menu

    Mervyn Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:18 PM

    Mr. Minister, sacrificing animals is a ritual, mainly among Hindus, and it is their belief that Gods will be happy when they sacrifice animal life in their honour. It is not correct to destroy any life(according to Buddhism) in that case your government should not support fishing industry as well as slaughtering cattle/goat/sheep/chicken etc. You should bring legislature that any killing is against the law. But, you should remember that after the deluge God told Noah , "that every moving animal that is alive may serve as food for you. As in in case of green vegetation I do give it all to you. Only flesh with its soul its blood you must not eat".

    Arthy Wednesday, 03 November 2010 12:51 AM

    also asked the butchers not to killed any animals..

    la Wednesday, 03 November 2010 01:26 AM

    If you stop banning animal sacrifice in Sri Lanka, From where are you going to get the leather to make the DRUMs .shoes, hand bags and other leather products and how many factories will be colsed. and how many will be jobless.

    Hashi Wednesday, 03 November 2010 02:07 AM

    A very good move. Stop Animal slaughter altogether as they also love their lives.

    Observer Wednesday, 03 November 2010 02:25 AM

    Yeah, India is not a standard for this type of evaluvation for they brought us slaughter by way of Geo-Politics. Did not we slaughter one another for 30 years...

    Nasfiya Nazeer Wednesday, 03 November 2010 02:28 AM

    10% population muslim community need only number of kg of meat everyday..............but 90% meat goes to hotels, nonmuslims, restaurants etc. that is good idea to close down all the beef shops in non muslim living areas. so that atleast authority can give some 90% of the animals can live without problem. thanks PM.

    Yusuf Wednesday, 03 November 2010 02:52 AM

    From most of the comments which advocae for the ban of animal sacrifice I gather they do so not because they love animals but just to deprive a minority community of their religious rights. Wake up guys, we've gone through this once. Try to live and let the others also live "Peacefully".
    By the way, no Hindu or Buddhist scriptures prohibit such sacrifices or eating of animal flesh. Its just a myth created by certain group of people in India for politiacal gains.

    Namal Silva Wednesday, 03 November 2010 03:10 AM

    Animal sacrifice must stop for good!


    This is a Buddhist Country! There will be protests from Muslim & some other religious people. But a lot of people will approve that decision!


    One questions for Muslims & other Animal Sacrifice people ( like Maha Kali kovil)



    lankaman Wednesday, 03 November 2010 03:21 AM

    the barbarians are the ones who do not have the decency to respect other peoples' beliefs. And you shamelessly compare India, who in most cases are considered backward, uncultured and intolerant towards minorities.

    Chanuka Wednesday, 03 November 2010 03:34 AM

    First stop human sacrifice

    Rock Wednesday, 03 November 2010 03:41 AM

    There is no single country that has banned meat . Also this is ridiculous move people who are going to ban this , those are the one who eat meat more than other.

    This is a just move on only single view point , we need to analyze this deeply , because this is a country who lives with major four religion.

    Even scientifically , we cannot expected the nutrition level that meat provides from vegetarian , which means people get weak on every sector as nation.

    Medalankara Wednesday, 03 November 2010 03:42 AM

    When will the review be over?

    DHA Wednesday, 03 November 2010 04:07 AM

    Good Move...!!!

    podiman Wednesday, 03 November 2010 04:09 AM

    being a vegetarian because of a personal faith, belief or personal viewpoint is a different matter.
    But think, If all of the people in the world became vegetarians what would be the result? Naturally human is omnivorous creature. So then whole natural stability would be collapsed and ended up with severe malnutrition problems. Changing a natural system as you want is not a good idea.

    Fai Wednesday, 03 November 2010 04:13 AM

    If you ban animal slaughtering, you have to ban fishing also.

    ellakiri Wednesday, 03 November 2010 04:18 AM

    I agreed for all of your comments !! drink ekak ganna kota Beef /Marttan/egg/pork kothuu URU mas okkoma bite ekata onneee ai ewayeee hothithaa baite ekata ganne.


    kahsi Wednesday, 03 November 2010 04:43 AM

    Good moove PM... like to see how the 63% Buddist beef cosumers reaction, better bring about a stand for the liquor

    ranjith Wednesday, 03 November 2010 04:49 AM

    You are 100% correct! real Buddhist will not support religious intolerance.

    dIREsTRAITS Wednesday, 03 November 2010 05:05 AM

    I'd like a referendum on this... I bet 2/3 majority for eating meats.

    asoka abeywardena Wednesday, 03 November 2010 05:31 AM

    Good move. Also ban cattle slaughter. Import beef, Mutton and pork, people who want to eat can buy from a super market. Imported meat from countries like New Zealand, Australia and India. Indian meat will be cheaper than other European products. So prices will be depends on customer's wallet.

    Rizvi Wednesday, 03 November 2010 05:34 AM

    ur parents thought u well.. all hail to u.. May Allah bless your soul

    Naren Wednesday, 03 November 2010 05:57 AM

    @Namal Silva,
    Well Said Namal Silva! You have compiled possibly the most relevant ideas fir this issue into just one comment!
    As you have said, This is a Buddhist Country and therefore whoever lives here should abide by Buddhist virtues!
    Alcohols are banned in Saudi and most other Muslim nations and anyone living there has to oblige. So why not we have the spine to stand tall live according to not just the religion but what our conscience says.
    Animals be it sea or land living live at the mercy of us- the humans since we are far superior. So, isn't it a shame for a superior breed to kill and eat an inferior breed ? Just throw away religiuos edicts which promote killing!

    Sri Lankan Wednesday, 03 November 2010 05:59 AM

    Nimal, You just showed the Buddhist mentality of the south. Who knows nothing on anyting. Live how the Buddha preached & stop acting like the Hindus who have millions of Gods. You get nowhere with this metality of ASS. FYI I live in Middle East and see many of your groups offering what your giving to Gods to the KERALITES & PATANS. SADOO.....

    Farook Wednesday, 03 November 2010 06:05 AM

    Dear Mr. Namal Silva with your comments you telling to stop and sometimes back in the parliment meeting one of the honorable minister said that there is a good revenue in the country from the liquor shops and killing most of the poor people who are earning day to day life having liquor and they are dying this is not counted as killing how about this Mr. Namal Silva and when one of the minister proudly said about the revenue of the liquor profit then the Honorable PM was silent and where were you too

    Amila Wednesday, 03 November 2010 06:20 AM

    This is all about rights

    PISSU PUSA Wednesday, 03 November 2010 06:22 AM

    There are many non muslims eat meat in our country? so many non muslims in our country says nicely cooked-nicely cooked and eat well. it is not about abusing the right of muslims, it is the right against majority of Sri lankans.
    harakku inna rate why you want to accumulate more bulls?
    this is just a political move only.

    Chris Wednesday, 03 November 2010 06:30 AM

    Well the Prime Minister has nothing to do for the salary and perks he receives, so therefore he comes out with some thing of no use.Like last week he came out with a stupid bread talk and requesting that the price of bread should go up higher.Yes fine cause he gets it free. Do you mean to say he clouts 3 meals of rice per day. If so one can understand why he talks so stupid.How much stupid one can get

    Mohamed Shafraz Wednesday, 03 November 2010 06:36 AM

    First ban fishing, because in Sri Lanka more fish killed then Cattle. I wondering if you ban all Animal killings, what will happend to our tourism industry?

    Saradial Wednesday, 03 November 2010 06:41 AM

    FYI: who supports ban in the name of buddism, do you know Drums we use in cultural events are mad by leather, 1st lets stop use it in parahara & other cultural events.

    hamze Wednesday, 03 November 2010 06:49 AM

    Certain meat is part of human diet and the religion has allowed according to the consequences.

    asoka abeywardena Wednesday, 03 November 2010 07:00 AM

    Farook, liquor and killing animals are two different things. Consume alcohol also dangerous to the health and to the public as well. But this is a Buddhist country and you have to accept that and respect.

    Ranjith Wednesday, 03 November 2010 07:14 AM

    FYI: Saudi is pure Muslim country but in Sri Lanka only 70% Buddhist. And Alcohol is prohibited in all religions why can't ban Alcohol before meat items?

    Andaray Wednesday, 03 November 2010 07:20 AM

    Indonesia showed its religious tolerance by ban Buddha-Bar,
    we gonna show our religious intolerance by banning animal sacrifice? Wel done.

    victoria Wednesday, 03 November 2010 07:24 AM

    Hi All
    These are statements made by Sri Lankan politicians to make it an issue so that they can campain for their next election ?> Do not waste time on commenting on this type of news

    Helaya Wednesday, 03 November 2010 08:06 AM

    who is this idiot?

    R Fernando Wednesday, 03 November 2010 08:32 AM

    Exactly its theft! who gave us rights to theft milk from its mother, its belong to Calf.

    podiman Wednesday, 03 November 2010 08:34 AM

    being a vegetarian because of a personal faith, belief or personal viewpoint is a different matter.
    But think, If all of the people in the world became vegetarians what would be the result? Naturally human is omnivorous creature. So then whole natural stability would be collapsed and ended up with severe malnutrition problems. Changing a natural system as you want is not a good idea.

    R Fernando Wednesday, 03 November 2010 08:34 AM

    You missed Plants (lol)

    Saradia Wednesday, 03 November 2010 08:45 AM

    Foolish comment! How those countries produce meat without killing? does they produce by Tissue culture?

    zanfani Wednesday, 03 November 2010 08:49 AM

    Hon PMs Government is issuing licence to meat shops to slaughter animals. let him stop this first. Likely, cigarettes, toddy and arrack, adolesence, gambling, lottery all are under government licence and approval. Is this appropriate for a budhist country like Sri Lanka. There are more than 600 illegal abortions daily in this holy island. Can't we stop killing this innocents babies before we show mercy to animals ?

    asoka abeywardena Wednesday, 03 November 2010 08:52 AM

    Ranjith, Sri Lanka too were 100% Buddhist country but we have allowed other people to live and practice their respective religions unlike other Muslim countries where you cannot practice Buddhism or keep a statue or a photo. In Saudi you will be punished if found.

    Mashook Wednesday, 03 November 2010 09:08 AM

    Dear brother Namal,,

    You excited & immediate reply without a second thought will provoke not only other communities but also degrade the Good & peace loving Buddhists and other citizens, You should avoid these kind of statement publicly and if you have problem in understanding religion or religions, please first study thoroughly a religion of your choice and come to a conclusion.

    Mahmood Wednesday, 03 November 2010 09:18 AM

    There is no need to do this and that first. Don't confuse two unrelated things. Meat industry is a totally different thing. Needlessly killing animals in the name of religion should stop. No religion encourages needless animal killings.

    Foresight Wednesday, 03 November 2010 09:24 AM

    So many posters have stepped on their own tails while commenting on page. 'Sacrifice' is not slaughter. No effect on availability of meat and poultry if sacrifice is stopped. Sacrifice very rare and happens only in some infidel religious events.

    AJ - DXB Wednesday, 03 November 2010 09:27 AM

    by introducing SHRI on number plates sparked the war lasted for 3 decades - lets see where this issue leads us

    robinson Wednesday, 03 November 2010 09:30 AM

    Good move. However is it viable?. It is not very clear whether it is only for public or for everybody including vips. How about hotels?
    And when the government hosts functions for foreign delegates will it be only vegetarian food??? How about parliament food and in the other vips?? If this can be applied to every citizens of the country irrespective of classes it is defensibly a good move. Otherwise bullshit.

    Fouzer Wednesday, 03 November 2010 09:36 AM

    Namal, Where does Buddhism says not to eat meat? According to my knowledge it says "not to take life". So you must stop eating not only meat but fish, chicken and even vegetables. Muslims do not sacrifice to please the god but to give poor people to enjoy the festival.

    Jix Wednesday, 03 November 2010 09:45 AM

    Namal, you have trying to make a legitimate point but please try to do this more respectfully and sensitively. Your speak like a typical ‘Cosmetic Buddhist’ that is only ‘Buddhist’ by title and not my practice. But then again, for one to understand the essence of the Buddhist dharma, you need a certain capacity that you unfortunately, obviously seem to lack.

    Saradia Wednesday, 03 November 2010 09:49 AM

    Wel said!

    pottuvilan Wednesday, 03 November 2010 09:52 AM

    i hat off for primier for stoping animal slaughtering and importing mad cow meat and canned beef and fork for his citizen.

    moron hunter Wednesday, 03 November 2010 10:00 AM

    plants dont belong to the animal kingdom you moron..go back to school

    Ranga Wednesday, 03 November 2010 10:15 AM

    We cannot ban killing animals at once. Should things happen gradually.

    The best what we can do is all the Buddhist & Hindus (because Christians & Muslims do not have a problem of eating meat) should stop eating beef, fish, chicken & egg. Then 65% of the sales of beef, fish, chicken & egg will go down island wide. Most of these shops will start to close down.

    Also, we should stop selling animals to butchers. Also we should not send our people for fishing. We should stop having farms for chicken at home. This will stop another 30% of killing animals.

    Ultimately, everything will be normal. We can build a vegetarian country.

    xlntgson Wednesday, 03 November 2010 10:20 AM

    Of five precepts of Buddhism how only one of that takes precedence over others; if it is Buddhist nation and if we want to uphold it we should see the possibilities of all of them implemented at once not in a piecemeal fashion then there won't be problems like extra judicial killings, killed in action and killed while trying to escape, all justified murders! How can you justify murders! @Naren @Namal Silva and others of same view!
    I'm a non smoker, teetotaller, not by pressure or due to circumstances but on my own conviction never I've tasted liquor.

    Harsha Wednesday, 03 November 2010 10:30 AM

    Recentlt I was listening to sri lankan TV program interview with local doctor where he insis the importance of meat intake specially for females, he catoegorcally mentioned vegetarian food can not provide the required protein which is provided by meat. He explained in technical terms the importance of meat intake in our diet.

    Shakeel Wednesday, 03 November 2010 11:21 AM

    Wow! what a storm of comments created due to this spectacular overview by the PM. I feel he needs some attention being kept in the dark so long. The puppet needs to dance or makes moves to the crowd. The issue of slaughter reminds me that even though Buddhists and Hindus are supposed to be vege or non-animal eaters, they tend to hide without any this fact and enjoy the adventure of it.
    This is to fact even the Buddhist clergy at a 'tith or alms giving on the anniversary of a friend's dad's death anniversary other than the orange robe, they requested mutton to be served' with tight capped container. My friend was rather shocked but had to give in to their request as after all they don't expect any monetary gains for their service.
    Please read your holy books right before you could make any phrases as to what the religious books say about animal eating. I have some puranas mention of animal eating to strengthen your physical well being.

    Siri Wednesday, 03 November 2010 12:20 PM

    Yours is a disgusting excuse to support your craving for meat! How can you compare, say a tomato with a cow strapped up and struggling with froth oozing from its mouth and eyes bulged in fear as you prepare to run a knife through its neck?

    slmnyusuf Wednesday, 03 November 2010 01:30 PM

    meat is something necessary for humans.humans have digestive systems that digest both veg and meat, which means it is necessary for our body.and anyone without meat is defective.and for anyone talking about living in the 21st century,
    get yourself updated with the latest scientific discoveries as well.becoz plants feel and express pain in the same way as animals,when they are chopped down,only that it is not in the visible or audible region of humans.
    this supposed law is just another example of how SL treats its minorities-surely targeting muslims.its obvious

    Mahroof Wednesday, 03 November 2010 01:32 PM

    if everyone stops eating meat, villages , streets even city highways will be full of cattele and a seperate 'Elam' needed for cattle. Also you need to import leathers from foreign countries to make 'Bera'. Another citizen

    Mahroof Wednesday, 03 November 2010 01:38 PM

    welsaid Zanfani - Mahroof

    afzal Wednesday, 03 November 2010 02:09 PM

    Why are muslims getting so disturbed at the ministers comments? Lets agree that the govt brings in an act to stop slaughter of cows...for arguments sake just cows alone. Let us all Sri Lankans not eat any beef. Lets see the results.. Its the 90% non muslim beef eaters who will be the sufferers...

    dpl Wednesday, 03 November 2010 03:11 PM

    the new cabinent prime minister is going home.gampola muslim broght notice to the government.

    herath Wednesday, 03 November 2010 04:47 PM

    What omission is humane slaughtering technologies from the western world. our barbaric people hit the neck to kill animal. sooo rude and must be stopped.

    Afker Hussain Wednesday, 03 November 2010 05:59 PM

    Beef comes at a heavy price and yes and Cholesterol is not free....

    Afker Hussain Wednesday, 03 November 2010 06:11 PM

    and of course Egg Kothu .

    Rushdi al Ayad Thursday, 04 November 2010 01:19 AM

    Rana the animal was created to serve mankind and lord Buddha never said dont eat flesh the only thing he said was avoid I repeat AVOID killing animals because they are a part of you what you say is not buddisim m buddah was a hindu so you follow the hindu custom please dont insult Buddism and a great man who brought it.

    lankaman Thursday, 04 November 2010 05:11 AM

    The most foolish and uneducated comment I saw ever in Daily Mirror.

    the SL MUJAHIDEENS Thursday, 04 November 2010 10:25 AM

    may be the government want to start another war this time with the muslims, but any way the premier is not gonna have his seat for long and this bill will never pass in parliament.
    Simple as that !!!

    ISMAEEL MARIKAR Thursday, 04 November 2010 02:15 PM


    xlntgson Saturday, 06 November 2010 11:24 AM

    @herath, How they kill pigs, slitting the throat?

    Praveen Saturday, 20 November 2010 12:41 PM


    Firstly, I am a Sri Lankan Hindu. Let me address some of the false allegations made on Hindus and Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism):

    1. We believe in one God (Ishwar). There is no polytheism or anything other than monotheism in Vedas.

    2. Animal sacrifice is not a part of Dharma. Such practices are forbidden in Vedas.

    Vedas are the ultimate authority on Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) and are the only Shruti texts (texts revealed by Ishwar), it's also unchangable and has remained unchanged since it's inception through methods of Swara Chinha and Paatha Vidhi. All other texts are man-made and are prone to alterations and therefore should only be accepted if it complies with Vedas, if it doesn't it should be rejected.

    On another note, Buddha encouraged vegetarianism. He clearly stated that eating meat is a paap and that it is not possible to achieve Nirvana.

    Praveen Sunday, 21 November 2010 05:46 PM


    I will now address some other claims:

    1. It is now proven that the human body digests vegetarian food with ease as opposed to meat which is very taxing on the body.

    2. The digestive system being able to digest meat isn't justification for eating meat. By that logic, humans are fair game for meat too.

    3. Vegetarianism does not make one weak. All nutrients available in meat can be obtained through vegetarian foods. For example, there are many vegetarian bodybuilders, athletes, etc.

    Meat eating is now proven to lead to countless illnesses. Cancer, heart and other respiratory diseases are a few examples of the illnesses.

    STUPID SRI LANKAN Tuesday, 23 November 2010 08:04 AM


    Praveen Tuesday, 23 November 2010 11:15 AM


    Manslaughter is already a crime. Hindus and Buddhists do practice Ahimsa.

    Killing animals however hasn't been made a crime as of yet, so that is, logically, the next step.

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