Mervyn Bans Slaughter Houses
Text And Picture By Jude Samantha
Minister Mervyn Silva says he has decided to ban slaughter houses in the Gamapaha district with effect from tomorrow (Monday). The Minister, who had last week prevented the slaughter of animals at a Hindu Temple in Chilaw, has said that he will take stern action against anyone operating slaughter houses in Gampaha following the ban. He also said that he will take measures to seek support to have the ban implemented in the entire western province soon. Slaughtering of goats and scores of fowl is an annual ritual at the Munneswaram Kali Amman Hindu Temple in Chilaw. Animal rights groups and Buddhist monks decry the ritual claiming it was an act of cruelty against animals. However Hindu priests had last week broken coconuts and cursed Minister Silva for preventing the tradition ritual from taking place.