Peacock slaughtered, roasted and eaten: Police Hunt Vedda members, foreign national after viral video


  • Incident believed to have occurred in 2019 or 2020, gained attention after video footage circulated on social media

By Nimal Jayaratne – Manampitiya  

The police are on the lookout for the arrest of five  persons of the Vedda community and a foreign national for slaughtering a  peacock, roasting its meat and consuming it inside the Maduru-Oya  National Park.   

The incident, which reportedly took place in 2019 or 2020,  has recently come to light due to video footage shared on social media.  The video has amassed over eight million views, prompting a public  outcry and subsequent investigation.  

Wildlife Ranger – Henanigala W. M. Kumarasiri Wijekoon  informed the Mahiyangana Magistrate Court about it. 
The traditional  hunting tools of the community such as bow and arrow had been used in  hunting the peacock, which is declared a protected species.   

The video shows the peacock being roasted, dipped in bee  honey and eaten according to the traditional style of the indigenous  community. It is reported that the incident had happened in 2019 or  2020. The crime appears to have been committed collectively.         


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