Sri Lanka President suspends legal transport of cattle after illegal incident

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena has halted the legal transport of cattle, usually for slaughter, after a deadly crash of a truck carrying cattle illegally.

"Incidents of illegal transporting of cattle are rapidly increasing and through these activities have a huge impact upon the dairy industry as well as agricultural needs," a statement from the office of the President said.

"Accordingly, until an appropriate process is implemented issuing of licenses to transport cattle will be temporarily suspended."

Sri Lanka requires a licence to transport cattle. At present licenses are issued by the district secretary.

The statement said the suspension came after a truck carrying cattle illegally which was being chased by police ploughed into a motorcycle killing two young women.

It is not clear why the cattle were being transported illegally. Whether the cattle were stolen or the process of getting permits is too complex, making some people cut corners.(Colombo/Oct26/2017)

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