18 September, 2020

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Exposed: Rajapaksa’s Secret Plans To Smuggle Blood Ivory From Customs

Despite Sri Lanka’s obligations under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, there has been a surreptitious move by the President Mahinda Rajapaksa to misappropriate an entire stock of blood ivory seized by the Sri Lanka Customs and now plans are being made to smuggle out the blood ivory from the Customs custody, Colombo Telegraph learnt.

Last year Colombo Telegraph exclusively revealed with the documentary evidence that the President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s attempt to misappropriate the entire stock of blood ivory.

Now it is more than a year since a massive quantity of illegal ivory valued over millions of dollars was seized by Customs in the port of Colombo whilst being transhipped to Dubai. They were believed to be from over 300 wild elephants poached in Kenyan game reserves.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) require them to be destroyed in public to discourage this barbaric act. However being a signatory to the convention, it is learnt that the government of Sri Lanka continue to defy its obligations under the CITES.

Blood ivory seized by the Customs

Blood ivory seized by the Customs

The international community strictly follows the guidelines adopted by the CITES. Accordingly Kenya carried out the destruction of 12 tons of raw ivory in Kenya in 1989 and in 2011. Hong Kong has begun burning its entire stockpile of illegal ivory, joining the US, China and France in combating the illicit trade. France destroyed its stockpile of 3 tonnes of ivory earlier this year, worth almost 1 million Euros. The US has crushed more than 5 tonnes of Ivory while China has set fire to 6 tonnes of confiscated tusks and carvings.

When the unacceptable conduct of the government of Sri Lanka was questioned at the CITES symposium held in Bangkok last year, that the government was planning to misappropriate the ivory, the government representative, Justice Rohini Marasinghe, vehemently denied it. Yet, the truth remains that there was a clear direction from the President’s House to the Director General of Customs to handover the entire stock of ivory to the President’ House.

During the recently concluded Commonwealth Head of States Conference in Sri Lanka there was a proposal mooted by the Customs to organise an awareness program with a burning ceremony of ivory in public, in the presence of heads of state attended the Conference, including conservationists, researchers, diplomats etc, which could have caught the international attention throughout the world, delivering a strong message to the world; “Please don’t buy blood ivory’.

Now it is learnt that on the government initiative pouches are being made out of gold to install this blood ivory and then distribute them amongst influential Buddhist monks. And plans are being made to smuggle out the blood ivory from the Customs custody soon.

“Why should one keep blood ivory in temples, forcibly removed from elephants brutally killed? If right thinking people failed to do something to discourage this inhuman behaviour, the days may not be that far where the elephants disappear from the planet earth.” a top Customs officer told Colombo Telegraph.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity asked “So which option is better – for lifeless tusks to be displayed in temples take propagate ‘ahimsa’, or destroy them and make the world aware of the crisis, which would prove a factor in stopping the illegal ivory trade?”

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    This time- the organs of local animals, but next time Rajapakshe will dare to sell the organs of his citizens.
    What can you expect in a country (Regime)its peoples are treated not second to the animals ????????

    Every uneducated unculured step he could do to stay in power. That is it.

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      Weel there is the kidney scandal and liver scandal. You sometimes wonder whay the Tamil civilians and liberation fighters who surrendered in Mulliavallaikal were striped naked ….?

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        Mahinda Rajapaksa is a COMMON CRIMINAL. Greedy and CORRUPT to the CORE! Thanks CT for exposing this..

        Blood ivory is being used to BUY support of the corrupt Buddhist thug-monks to support the corrupt and murderous Rajapaksa military dictatorship and fool the Sinhala Modayas!

        This Jarapassa bugger is DESTROYING BUDDHISM in Sri Lanka by POLITICIZING the monks and turning them into saffron clad thugs of the regime.
        The BBS Gota patronized Saffron Thugs have forgotten Buddhism and WHAT THE BUDDHA TAUGHT. Today BBS are the paid supporters and vanguard of the Rajapaksa military dictatorship.

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          This Hambanthota Hikanella is a greedy P.g. He will do anything under the sun to stay in power, including land grab while bribe Buddhist monks with hefty Land deeds, luxury car permits,super luxury world tours,endless Dana and giving hefty perks to their kith and kin.

          But the international community is slowley tightening the loop restricting international travel on war criminals. Soon if found guilty, Rajapakse family oligarch could be grounded for life.

          Already a colossal amount of money is been wasted on international lobbying firms, lawyers, senators, MPs etc, to hide the evidence.

          Drugs, cocain, ethenol distribution, casinos, fake projects are part of the plan to raise funds to pay bribes to international Lawyers, lobying firms etc,etc.

          Don’t know what is been unloaded in Mattala Airport and Hambanthota Harbour.

          This is how the country is governed today.

          Jayawewa.

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        Next thing will be Nivad Cabraal will have a secret sale of the blood ivory to raise funds to pay of govt. debt incurred for WHITE ELEPHANT infrastructure projects in Hambantota – Mattala airport and port and stadium and under performing state enterprises like Mihin.. and corrupt corporations like CPC that is run by corrupt Rajapaksa stooges, family members and cabinet of clowns…

    • 10
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      You think it is not happening at the moment?

      • 18
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        Let me put that in this way:

        what is not happening right now in the country ?

    • 18
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      We the sinhalayas are seen world dimwits to the world so long brainless creature is elected to lead the nation.

      • 11
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        Yes you are right. [Edited out] soul is more connected to that of Zimbawian Mugabe. No matter entire world would point the fingers at him, he woudl just go with Chinese or Belarusian or Swaziland… to show that he is given solidarity by same birds of the feathers in few countries.

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          Today I heard him saying that opposition leader attacks him publicly joining all mud slinging campaigns. If he would start to do so, as a man from the street he would do it better. That sounded as if a threat towards RW. This is the exemplary leader that leads the nation. This man is not worth even to meet MODI or any people´s friendly leaders.

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        Yes, AS a wrong pilot would not take board passengers to the last destination safely, Rajapakshe has done nothing towards peace and reconciliation of the issue yet – he would not.. his administration is a square peg in a hole -if at all peace to be achieved.

    • 18
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      We should thank CT million times for informing us in this way.

      CT@ – you ve been doing a great work :)

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        I agree. With the exception of news sites like CT; LeN and LNW others are sucking up to our dictator through fear!!!

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          All our hearts goes to great CT, LEN,LNW,Lanka Truth and Daily Mirror which are doing wonderful job. These are for intelliget readers and we are thankful for them.

          Please keep on revealing the truth to the world.

          One day you all will be rewarded.

    • 14
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      “Every uneducated unculured step he could do to stay in power. That is it.”

      Agree with you every word. It is believed that guy has paid to buy that former NFF man to SLFP yesterday. And it is also the truth that this particular man had been punished by NFF party for being wrong to their priciples. This further proves – even ones that have been punished are being bought by MR regime (MR) telling the opposition that they are becoming stronger….. typical Rajapakshe megalomania …

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      It is said that not a single factory has been opened by his GOVT providiing all necessary steps towards local products. Given that I have no doubt the way he handles matters, only first ever fabric he is going to introduce – apart from CASINO, will be human body parts business. Leaders that have no respect towards own citizens could easily do the business. So MR has all the qualification to go for that. His charmat behavoiurs before being devious – licking and touching rural babies to young ones showing the passion and compassion – all these are tricks to tame those stupid poor that are kept away from facts and figures of his adminsitration – will be helpful to him and his family in such a business.

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      Cattle skin is being used for Bera, Raban and other likes which is used in Temples icluding the Temple of the Tooth Relic during the time of pooja.

      No Buddhist is bothered about this which is against the sermons of Lord Buddha who preached on showing kindness to all animals

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      MR & Co should tell the public what they did with the Gold seized by LTTE.

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    Asgiriya Mahanayaka Thero, received 37 tax free car permits from Mahinda Rajapaksa. This was in exchange to keep his trap shut about the Casino Favours for Packer. The Mahanayake promptly handed over the tax free car permits to his brother. Altogether 500 tax free car permits were distributed to Temple Bosses in Kandy region.

    This brother is now in the luxury car business. Rajapaksa probably will ask the Mahanayaka brother to do the trade in blood ivory also.

    If Mahana Yakas are for sale why not blood ivory?

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      Is Meeharaka back from China ?

      “If Mahana Yakas are for sale why not blood ivory ?”

      Yes, in today´s context everything is possible – thanks go to MR (Meeharaka Rajapakshe)

  • 9
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    This stupid folks should finally realize that his popular rhetorics were just make the people further fool. But the very same people would not be able to let get by the same tricks – that is the reason why his BOY – Wimal buruwanse has now been making different efforts – hypocrites of this kind, lanken politics never experienced.

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      Yes, Seelawathie,
      you cant kill people telling them that you are going to harm them.

      So, this is the reason why MR is appeared to be making that kind palatable rhetorics.

      The depth of the destruction that the nation is fallen to this day – is not understood to the people (village masses) yet.

  • 7
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    Years ago, srilankens were the world champians to commit suicide.

    Now the status has turned becoming them most naive people to get deceived by Rajapakshes easily.

    • 8
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      They are the most stupid people in the region to have elected Rajapakshe.. to have supported Rajapakshe to lead them. These are just disadvantages of democratic elections.

  • 2
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    Ways and means to meet the next Presidential Election costs (Bribes)
    must be hurriedly concluded, as CE has indicated that his Services are
    in a rush? (He has even hinted that the UNP will not win even with the
    re-introduction of the 17th amendment!) Private Funds are a must to
    keep the Dynasty going.

  • 8
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    It reminds me of former Liberian president Charles Taylor and his BLOOD DIAMONDS. He was convicted of crime against humanity..

  • 12
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    Rajapassa and his clan pretends to be exemplary buddhists.

    What a completely fake image? Hambantota criminal clan has managed to build up among devoted, idiotic voters of Sri Lanka.

    Given the brutal price innocent wild elephants in Kenya have paid, these tusks should not be given to anyone. Let alone buddhist monks or temples.

    What have poached tusks got to do with buddhism anyway? What BS! This is not buddhism.

    Only Rajapassa clan, their criminal cronies, henchmen and idiotic followers will buy into this kind crap.

    Cheers!

    • 11
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      You are right. This man sends a buddha intoxicated feeling being that sacared bending to MAHABODHI tree in Apura…. those who observed that may feel – how bakthiwantha he has been. But very same guy to react otherway around be it with crime investigations, animal parts exports or human body part import – is really not comprehensible to anyone. THis is the reason why some believe – MR is a born actor – his next step to join bollywood after the election defeat in the near future.

      • 2
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        Bollywood has no place for fool looking MR. His next best choice profession should be …

        1) A Butler

        2) A Butcher

        3) A Baker

        The face says it all.

      • 1
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        Yes. Join Bollywood to take up acting as a Butler, a Butcher,or a Baker’s role.

        Ideal second Job master blaster.

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        Simon Appu, don’t you know that it is easier to ‘Bow down to Wood and Stone’, in full view of the Cameras, to show what a Good Buddhist he is.
        It is far more difficult, to actually Practise the Buddha’s Dhamma.
        Politicians do not PRACTISE the BUDDHA’S DHAMMA because it is not seen as an important necessity for gaining votes.

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          The problem has been even if these guys would have eating ” stone and trees” as animals would do – manipulated vulnerable masses seem to take their word. I really dont know why.

          Any one with a little brain could see – that MR regime is over corrupted and run by Raja oligarchs. No other views are respected beyond their stances.Be it came from Professors like Rajiva or GLP, nothing seem to have helped them, becuase I believe those two mentioned men should have good minds and thoughts as every highly academics IN GENERAL would have.

          My million dollar question is even if GLP was the man to have given a life to a law faculty has done the least in terms of lanken rule of law. What the many no doubt would expect from a man of his calibre is to help the stupid adminsitration with radical reforms but country specific of the prevailing law system – which I think is a the foundation for a better society.

          If the foundation is not right – the house built on it can NEVER be stable to face the future should have been clear to the man. May be if Rajiva WAS the minister to EP and GLP for internal affairs… things could have worked more benefial for the country and nation. Most of the time, wrong men in wrong places are the KEY problem of current thuggish govt.

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      Buddhism is business for them.

      Buddhis is the weapon for them.

      Buddhism is abused by them to stay in power.

      None of the acts being practised by him are buddhistic. This I had to explain to my youngest this evening responding his sorta of questions raised on these matters.

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    Its OK as these elephants also enlightened, one can keeps their relics inside the Temples. But Buddha’s relics has to Temple Tree house as they are artifacts only.

    If somebody has a problem with this, CJ can order the Parliament to amend the constitution with 2/3.

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    This is not surprising at all. Sections of the international community interested in the preservation of such flora and fauna should be informed.Bensen

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    “Now it is learnt that on the government initiative pouches are being made out of gold to install this blood ivory and then distribute them amongst influential Buddhist monks. And plans are being made to smuggle out the blood ivory from the Customs custody soon.”

    ———-

    The Mahana Yakas will be bribed with a few broken pieces in rolled-gold pouches; Mahinda Rajapaksa will retain the bulk of the ivory. Very convenient way to bribe others and get rich quick yourself appropriating other’s wealth.

    Win-Win. Fantastic.

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    Rajapakses are already dealing with human organs! Why is there NO investigation to the kidney transplant scandal at Lanka hospitals (and others) which is virtually government owned with Gota as chair?

    We had nephews trying to steal elephants @ uda walawe, we had government MP s shooting a leopard and trying to sell cubs, what about a ministers who have encroached on forest reserves!! Selling Kenyan tusks is nothing for these b…..ds.
    SUBHA ANAGATHAYAK!

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      In India, poor people are reported to be missing for some days – those who are engaged with those human organ related businesses are behind them.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGIPhCpHqhs

      This is a very dangerous situation against the poor of the poor in any country. With cost of living becoming unaffordable to the poor in the country – tendencies them to sell their body parts could come on to them in coming months. In a crime friendly enviroment – thanking to MR regime, anything and everything could establish in the island.

  • 1
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    What about the aprox 200 Tons of Gold recovered from the North?

    I hear that there is a ME buyer willing to buy the lot…

    All property for sale

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    How come elephants tusks come under endangered species act ?

    If the trade involved elephants or tuskers, then it would be a different matter.

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      JimSofty,

      This [Edited out] does not understand tusks come from killing elephants! The longest tusk must be reserved for JimSofty to be sent down his dustbin mouth.

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      If you ever have a tusk and no ivory in it, you will not be entitled in the list of endangered species, neither will be in the list of walruses but there is an added possibility your name could be added in the sub-genes of Capuchins.

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    “..The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity asked “So which option is better – for lifeless tusks to be displayed in temples take propagate ‘ahimsa’, or destroy them and make the world aware of the crisis, which would prove a factor in stopping the illegal ivory trade?”..”

    The uneducated people of this country historically are a pack of bone collectors. They collect bones of Buddha, Sariyuth, Mugalan or any bugger for that matter if that promises hereafter ransom and wellbeing. So this primitive racist tribe called Sinhalese Buddhists will happily accept the blood ivory of those innocent animals and fill their empty minds with the associated fulfilment feeling of bone collecting habit. The monks in the temples if they accept this ransom must be made to face trials and punished with imprisonment and disrobing under a new government and this fact must be made known to them before the despot makes his moves to entice the mongol monks to his trap and influence the anti-regime sentiments.

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    Mail sent to IUCN_

    from:
    ***
    to:
    info@savetheelephants.org,
    christian.laufenberg@iucn.org
    date:
    7 February 2013 11:50
    subject:
    Blood Ivory! Please stop falling into bloody hands!!

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    Illegal distribution of seized Blood Ivory from Kenya to the Temples Trees.

    I wish to bring your kind notice that Sri Lanka Customs seized in May 2012 shipment of 359 tusks en route to Dubai. They had been identified as being poached in Kenya also known as ‘Blood Ivory’.

    Very unfortunately, Sri Lanka Presidential Secretariat aka The President forces the Sri Lanka Customs to release the tusks to Temple trees who are the culprits of declining majestic Sri Lankan elephants by means of illegal poaching.

    It’s an open secret if the 1.5 tons of tusks fall into the wrong hands, the blood cargo will be immediately shipped to far-east to the black markets for a very lucrative sum.

    The Federation of Environmental Organization (FEO) of Sri Lanka vigorously campaigning against this move to stop the blood ivory falls into the hands in Temple trees and are powerless before the very powerful Presidential Secretariat and the President.

    Therefore, we kindly plea International Organization to stop this illegal act (is also against the Sri Lanka Constitution) or otherwise, Sri Lanka will soon become a major hub or transit point of African Ivory, Rhino Horns,Skins and skulls, etc in the future.

    You also may verify and for more details by login into http://www.dailymirror.lk a well reputed daily news paper in Sri Lanka and http://www.feosl.org Federation for Environmental Organization of Sri Lanka.

    Please act before it’s too late.

    Remain sincerely to you.

    MRB

    Copy sent to:

    -Prince william Trust To Save The African Elephants.

    -Save the Elephants Org.

  • 0
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    “Only when the last Tree has died and last river has been Poisoned and last fish has been caught that we will realize we cannot eat Money” – Old Sioux (Red Indian) Saying.

    Its a shame we being a buddhist country and cry foul at the drop of a hat…dont mind displaying the tusks of these majestic creatures brutally killed.

    May they all suffer the same fate

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      It is just title of the state only.

      Everything that goes beyond all levels are allowed under the current idiocy.
      Now it is even said, rejection of Wiggie not joining them to India paining the picutre “we are to inclusivity, but wiggie and TNA would not even make any efforts near to that”.

      This kind of devious leaders – were elected by donky nation.
      I am ashamed to call us being srilankens so long the bugger is said to be the leader of the country.

      we the srilankens ended up levels that never thought before.
      I am ashamed to be sinahalaya.

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      But Rajapassa and the Gotabage don’t have tusks, but their testes.

  • 0
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    ok, a counter point here. Why burn the good stuff now that the elephant is dead ? Might as well use it, in our temples.

    How about gifting the whole load to our dear friend in need, brother China. After all the money she dumps on us for our glorious development, surely we can gift the tusks. A little santhosam, belonging to someone else, owner unknown.

    Just thinking.

  • 1
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    Anyone remember that incident where my son and I ate the King’s sugar wailing “Umbe kateyth pas, magey kateyth pas”?

    I think the King is smart to be publicly doing a similar stunt regarding the blood ivory, and (mis)appropriating all the tusks for himself and the Mahana Yakas. Asgiriye and Malwathey, you agree?

    • 1
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      I would say – we all NOW HAVE PAS IN our katey.

      It is the majority took us to this appalling levels. Today, they make every efforts to live boasting about development projects. I have no doubt UNP, JVP would have done it clearly better – even relieving the avearge man – not going beyond the levels of unafforadable. Today, one hand they say, for Development projects, they have taken big loans from chinese or other banks, and no single signs of having reduced the prices of any essential daily needs; prices of them are even higher to war running days where CBK happened to go for price reductions not only for petroleum but also many other items. So any one with a bird brain would raise the q why has the gvt failed to relieve the common man yet in no war situation ?

  • 1
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    THIS BLOODY UNDERWORLD CRIMINAL CROOK WILL SMUGGLE ANY THING OUT IF THE COUNTRY FOR HIS OWN BENEFIT.

    • 2
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      Rasika,
      the failure lies on the majority stupid voters of the nation.
      I have no doubt, they will let the bugger manipulated them also for the UWA election. Majority of the nation are not informed about the gravity of the problems that the nation is fallen to this day.

  • 0
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    Rajapaksa once returned from a foreign visit, as usual he pretends ( Act )that he love the soil of Mother Lanka , he fell to his knees & worshiped the soil & got up like a shot becouse some one had urinated at that spot just a shortwhile ago.

  • 1
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    Two points:

    1. No true Buddhist will go against the teachings of Lord Buddha, harm animals or encourage the brutal killing of them for greed.

    2. The rajapaksa’s will stoop to any dirty crime to fill their bank accounts, no man, woman, child, or animal, is spared from their crimes. All at the expense of the people of Sri Lanka.

    Disgusting, greedy, uneducated lot.

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