Government Parliamentarians give nod to ban on cattle slaughter
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s governing party Members of Parliament agreed today to bring about a ban on cattle slaughter in the country, a Senior Minister said.
The proposal was brought to the regular Parliamentary Group meeting today September 8 by the Leader of the party in Parliament Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The regular Cabinet Spokesman Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella was quoted in media as saying that the Prime Minister had submitted the proposal and that he had said he “hopes to ban cattle slaughter.”
He was also quoted as saying that the Prime Minister would decide when he would submit the proposal to the government.
Rambukwella’s statement was confirmed by multiple official sources.
Most Buddhists and Hindus in Sri Lanka do not eat Beef, and Buddhist Monks who heavily back the governing Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna have been pressuring successive governments to ban cattle slaughter.
The SLPP draws most of its support from the majority Sinhala-Buddhist community and has openly said it does not need to appease the minority religious or ethnic groups to come to and retain political power.
Beef is regularly consumed by the minority Muslim community and Christians particularly those who are of European descent.
Both these groups are not very influential in the wider politics of Sri Lanka and the ruling party has not courted these groups in their election campaign.
Sources in the Prime Minister’s office told EconomyNext that “there was no formal proposal and certainly no cabinet papers have been prepared to enforce such a ban.”
“Let’s see where this goes,” he said.
(Colombo, September 8, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana