24 January, 2021

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Lions, Tigers And Animal Welfare

By C.V. Wigneswaran

Justice C.V. Wigneswaran MP

There is an Animal Welfare Bill coming up before Parliament soon. The subject is topical. Let me state my views generally.

It was King Ashoka who became a Buddhist after the Kalinga War who first officially built various facilities and accessories and brought in Laws to ensure Animal Welfare.

There are two types of people or two types of thoughts that prevail among human beings regarding Animal Welfare.

Some say we owe nothing to the Animals. Others differ. They recognize that Animals, Birds and all living beings have rights because they share this Planet with the humans and humans cannot arrogate everything for themselves.

The first category believes that animals have been created for their benefit. Let the Animals look after themselves, we will look after ourselves, they say. They are people who will kill animals not only for food but for profit also. When an animal kills another animal it kills for food. Once its hunger is appeased the carnivorous animal would not kill until it is hungry again. Human beings kill not for their hunger only but for profit also.There lies the reason for cruelty among humans towards the animals. Once profit becomes our main motive we would go on killing.

The animal would not be a living being. It would be a target for our profit. They go on killing to make their personal profit. Because killing becomes their instinct, cruelty to animals and other beings do not affect their feelings nor consciousness.

In recent times we had a war in Sri Lanka. We called each other by animal names and killed each other mercilessly. We refer to animals as being wild, ferocious, frightening and brutal but human beings adopting animal names have acted most cruelly, brutally and vulgarly. The Lions and Tigers are noble creatures. But we humans who Christen ourselves as Lions and Tigers have brought a bad name to them having borrowed their names to call ourselves.

I referred to one section of people who did not accept that animals have rights, that they have to be protected and their welfare should be our concern.

There is the other section of people who think like King Ashoka. What was a noble quality in him was that he changed for the better unlike many modern politicians. He was brutal in his wars until the end of the Kalinga War. The Kalinga war he won but over 300000 people died. 300000 at that time was a huge amount. His demeanour changed after hearing the words of wisdom of the Buddha. He understood the meaning of Love. Earlier he hated everyone except himself and his Military and those closely related to him. Now he understood the need to Love all whether friend or foe; Love all whether human or animal; Love all whether in luxury or in penury. His changes in outlook were put into effect by him. He took measures to save the Animals, wild or tame. So the concern for animals must come from our  hearts  and not our brains. Brains only see a problem from the point of view of the Self. But the heart feels. That feeling could pervade the Universe. It is expansive and all encompassing.

Animal welfare must be seen from the larger perspective of Love towards all beings, compassion towards all beings and sympathy towards all beings. It must be seen from the perspective of Empathy which puts us into the shoes of others and make us feel the way the other beings feel.

I have not seen the Animal Welfare Bill. But I am 100 percent in favour of providing all help, protection, facilities and aid for the Animals. Nay! for all living beings!

*Justice C.V. Wigneswaran – Member of Parliament, Jaffna District. 

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      Eagle,
      Yes, eagles have rights too. But not when they act like vultures.

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        OC
        Vultures feed on dead animals.
        It is eagles that are predators.
        But as you say they too have rights.

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        OC if the Eagle know this guy is adopting Eagle Eye as his signature name..I am bet it will hunt him down

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        OC,
        Peace loving Tamils have a right but not separatists and terrorists.

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          Eagle,
          “Peace loving Tamils have a right”
          Even Malabari slave Tamils from Hindustan? Please make up your mind.

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              Eagle dear,
              Don’t scratch your spherical appendages in public.

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    Mr C.V.Wigneswaran,

    You conclude your article with the following remarks!.

    “But I am 100 percent in favour of providing all help .protection, facilities and aid for the animals. Nay! for all living beings.!”

    This means that man is at a pedestal who is in a position like a King or God to take a decision whether to provide facilities and aid to any living organism to live to die or to suffer or destroy their habitation.

    Human beings kill not for their hunger only but for profit also and even for game.

    The human beings will have the choice. The choice is not with the other organism, How unfair?.

    Do you believe that the human beings have the right to kill other living organisms for food?

    How unfair, I am at a dilemma

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      The animals which kill for food do not use any weapons to kill unlike humans who use various weapons to kill for food, game and to show his pseudo valor. Thus animals are better than humans. Humans go into the animals territory to kill where as animals seldom come into human territory to kill. The recent elephant vs human conflicts arose due to humans encroaching into their area.

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        Kanapathy Varunan,
        Tigers walking on two legs came to human territory and killed.

        “Humans go into the animals territory to kill where as animals seldom come into human territory to kill.”

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          Blind Eagle.
          I overlooked this when I stated, that animals don’t use weapons to kill. How about the Lion with sword in its Paw in the National Flag threatening the Minorities?

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            When there are humans like you, who insult the treasured cultural symbols of other nations, why would we need animals? Even animals have more love and kindness in their hearts than the Tamils. Tamils have been killing Sinhalese for centuries, but never succeed in getting any legitimacy to their claims. Tamils will forever be an hostile immigrant community here, not because what history shows us, but even at present, the Tamils behave worse than brutal beasts. I think Tamils’ problem is that they do not have any sense of belonging in this island, that is why they are behaving like this.
             
            FYI the sword in the Lion Flag symbolizes protection, justice, defence, strength and wisdom – if you feel threatened by justice then you are the one with the problem.

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              P.P,
              “Tamils have been killing Sinhalese for centuries,”
              FYI, the Mahavamsa openly justifies killing Tamils because they are not Buddhists. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

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                You Tamils don’t have the cultural or religious background to understand Buddhism or the Mahavamsa. In your case you have a nut loose and totally in la-la land. So leave both Buddhism and Mahavamsa alone, and leave this island alone. You people simply do not belong here. Look at the stuff you are writing…. FYI Invaders and killers are considered brutal beasts all over the world, not only in Srilanka. The Sinhalese fought off the British, while the Tamils were licking the British boots and helped the British to kill thousands upon thousands of Sinhalese and Buddhist monks. Even the British military personnel were ashamed at what the British have done to the innocent Sinhalese people, while the Tamils were rejoicing and praising the British for bringing an end to Dutch rule. Upto today Tamils like you praise the British rule here. Disgusting people like you, should be deported back to Tamilnadu immediately. Tamils have proven time and again that they are a brutal violent people who have occupied the Sinhalese island by mass killings of the innocent Sinhalese people. There’s no justification for what the Tamils have done here. Simply horrendous and shameful.

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                  PP,
                  Stick to the point madam. Does the Mahavamsa justify killing non-Buddhists or doesn’t it? You know the answer but don’t want to admit it.

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                    You stick to the point and stop spreading vicious rumours. The Mahavamsa does not justify or criticize anything, as it is just a chronicle that narrates events that took place. At the end of each chapter the authour of the Mahavamsa says something in a couple sentences – always reminding to live a virtuous life – killing for any reason is not allowed in Buddhism, which the authour states, even after Tamils have invaded and massacred Sinhalese and occupied our country. Please note that just because a nation is Buddhist that doesn’t mean we have to get killed and not defend ourselves or give our country to every invader who comes here. Sinhalese have never waged wars of aggression on other countries, but if and when invaders have come here and waged wars, the Sinhalese have defended our country.
                     
                    When you ask such stupid things like “Does the Mahavamsa justify killing non-Buddhists” you are proving my point, namely that you Tamils have no understanding of the Mahavamsa or Buddhism or the history of this island or the Sinhalese, since, as immigrants you do not have the cultural, religious and historical background to understand these things.

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                      P.P,
                      I expected you to reply with lies as usual. Here is the Mahavamsa passage:
                      “And thereon the king said again to them: `How shall there be any comfort for me, O venerable sirs, since by me was caused the slaughter of a great host numbering millions?’

                      `From this deed arises no hindrance in thy way to heaven. Only one and a half human beings have been slain here by thee, O lord of men. The one had come unto the (three) refuges, the other had taken on himself the five precepts Unbelievers and men of evil life were the rest, not more to be esteemed than beasts.”
                      Surely you don’t think you are the only one who has read the Mahavamsa?

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    “Human beings kill not for their hunger only but for profit also”
    It is very true and exactly it is appropriate to the ruling family. The ruling family made billions worth of profit by killing innocent civilians during the war and thereafter. They became richest in Asia.

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      Ajith,
      Who paid billions for the dead bodies of Tamils?
      —-
      “The ruling family made billions worth of profit by killing innocent civilians during the war and thereafter.”

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    lions-tigers-and-animal-welfare

    Mr C.V.Wigneswaran, – when you say animal , I am sure you mean the animal kingdom “collectively” including birds, reptiles etc

    It was the “snake” that finally decided the fate of the Tiger.
    The monkeys in the parliament that is destroying the country in the pretext of saving the Lion.

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      ….and the Sri Lankans are like fish out of the water gasping with their last breath

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    “I am 100 percent in favour of providing all help, protection, facilities and aid for the Animals. Nay! for all living beings”!
    *
    In the animal kingdom most species are fully or partly carnivorous. How do we decide between the right to food of a predator and the right to life of its prey?
    JC Bose established that plants are not only living things but also have ‘feeling’. Will a goat have priority over a shrub?
    Will vermin qualify for animal rights, and what will be the status of bacteria and viruses?

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    An elected MP goes to parliament with this summary/narrative as to how they intend to participate in the upcoming bill?? No wonder where we are since 1948??

    “Lions, Tigers And Animal Welfare”

    This is the town hall meetings/discussions/debating within the electorate/surgery reporting/action list/mile stones/progress reporting of the service being provided by the employed for the said job scope???

    https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2006/45/contents

    https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-8612/

    https://www.psni.police.uk/globalassets/advice–information/animal-welfare/documents/final-report-of-the-review-of-the-implementation-of-the-welfare-of-anima….pdf

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      It would be interesting if the Hon CM defines how Hindus in Jaffna will par with Muslims should they cohabit is an answer one would give now before the upcoming bill?? Maybe GOSL can benefit from other MP’s thinking for the Nation building activity?? a missed opportunity a rather an opportunity misused to cover up the non deliverables inbuilt in the party scope/manifesto/prejudices someone else will pick up in their next life ??

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    Sri Lanka to ban cow slaughter, beef imports to be allowed.
    Hitler was a vegetarian. A Nazi children’s magazine of the time wrote: “Do you know that your Führer is a vegetarian, and that he does not eat meat because of his general attitude toward life and his love for the world of animals? … The Führer is an ardent opponent of any torture of animals.” Hitler also didn’t smoke or drink.
    Prabhakaran was a curried turtle lover.
    Chinese relish tortoise flesh and have been caught with dead and alive tortoises in Sri Lanka. The police recorded more accurately on the ticket as “kiri ibba, soft-shelled terrapins”
    Buddhist monks will not kill animals, but will eat without protest if offered, maintaining their equanimity.
    The proposed Animal Welfare Bill will be welcomed by both stray dogs and the people to whom they’re a big nuisance – homeless people living on the streets.
    There’re no tigers or lions in Sri Lanka, but bad times ahead for goats and pigs.

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    Wigneshwaran the poor idiotic fanatical Tamil thug is getting nervous about something….. maybe its because the Tamils won’t be able to slaughter innocent cows and goats in their disgusting Tamil rituals anymore…..Talking about king Asoka and Buddhism, whom the Tamils have absolutely no connection to, is so comical. If not for the brutal killings, ethnic cleansing and land grabbing done by you Tamils on the innocent Sinhalese people in the past, you would have still been in Tamilnadu. What a tragedy Tamils have caused here…

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      The Dravidians were the original people of South Asia who later occupied Southern India and Sri Lanka. Everything changed in Sri Lanka due to the North Indian Emperor Asoka who sent Buddhist missionary monks led by his son Mahinda Thero to the island and converted the Saivaite Dravidian King Muta Siva’s second son Thisan (brother of Maha Siva) to Buddhism in the 2nd century BC. In fact, Buddhism in Sri Lanka was actually a North Indian conspiracy organized by the North Indian Emperor Asoka with the support from the local stooge Thisan who seized the Anuradapura throne (with Asoka’s support) which rightly belonged to his elder brother. The people who call themselves ‘Sinhala-Buddhist’ today are converts (followers of Thisa), they were originally Saivate Dravidians. (As per the excavation at Keezhadi, Thisan is found to be a typical Sangam Age Tamil name).

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        Do not get involved in arguments over two things.
        1) Killing animals for food.
        2) Sexual morarity.
        BECAUSE the opposite party can easily bring you along your own arguments to a point which you are not prepared to admit.

        Soma

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          Soma,
          Seconded

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          soman

          “BECAUSE the opposite party can easily bring you along your own arguments to a point which you are not prepared to admit.”

          Do not argue with a fool. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience. -Mark Twain ???

          Yet I do argue with you in the hope of reminding you who you are.

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        Lanka Canuck,
        Are you relying on ‘Demalawansam’ written by Vigneshwaran?
        If Dravidians occupied Sinhale why the hell Demalu were confined to Yapanaya peninsula which is the most arid part of the country until British dragged them and settled outside Yapanaya peninsula? Demalu in Yapanaya are descendants of Dravida slaves brought by Portuguese.
        If you do not know the history of Sinhala people please refrain from distorting.

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        LC
        “The Dravidians were the original people of South Asia”
        I grant that they are early occupants, and the possibility that Indus valley was settled by them.
        *
        Original people means something else.

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          SJ
          You are right…
          Dravidians were the early occupants of South Asia who later occupied Southern India and Sri Lanka.
          It is hilarious that these Sinhala racists either do not know or pretend not to know that they are converts. Today they slept with everything that landed on the Sri Lankan shore and created a highly mixed race called ‘Sinhala’.

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      Punchi Point
      Punchi Brain
      Punchi Willi

      “Wigneshwaran the poor idiotic fanatical Tamil thug is getting nervous “

      Brilliant.

      Thug
      a violent, lawless, or vicious person, especially one who commits a crime such as assault, robbery, or murder:
      It wasn’t uncommon for hired thugs to intimidate shop owners until they paid up.
      (sometimes initial capital letter) one of a former group of professional robbers and murderers in India who strangled their victims. – https://www.dictionary.com/

      This clearly shows your close connection with Indians, given your historical achievements of frequent riots, killings, war crimes, robbery, ………………….
      Either you are stupid or suffering from selective amnesia.

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    Animal welfare must be seen from the larger perspective of Love towards all beings

    1. If there is a snake inside the room,…….. welfare must be seen from the larger perspective which angle
    2 .if there is coocodile in the river …………… welfare must be seen from the larger perspective which angle
    3. Animal / Cattle Plagues due to increase of population: The Mystery of Mad Cow Disease……. welfare must be seen from the larger perspective – which angle
    4. How to reduce the Animal population growth that causes borne disease transmission with agent is highly contagious. which angle.

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    Our Balangoda Veda, just for the feeling of countering anything right or good, is dragging the topic to his Wildlife Sanctuary, SinhaLE. Animal right is not about putting the wild animals in the Golden Chest and parading on Kandy Roads, on the elephants backs, under the auspicious guidance of Ayatollahs . We deal with three kinds of animals, other than the Mahavamsa Animals. Farm Animals, we feed on them, they work for us, and rear them for funs too. The pets- only entertainment & limited uses. The wild animals – the main problem for them is we annihilate them to extract unwanted comfort for our living. Whether animals can or should live in this earth is different question. We are looking here only at CV’s proposal. The need of a law or act is to provide justice. Justice is not implying “equal” all times. It is kind of fair treatment. In human society, which the only one was covered (explicitly) until recently by our laws, we recognize different parties. Physically & mentally invalids, Children (minors), Elders, Women and young & able bodied citizens. Laws and rights recognize these differences. Again, the “right” is what is due for them, as understood by law. The less favored category is the full citizens.

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    The law assumes they can take care of themselves in most situations and even can care others, like parents-Children and Vs. In the case of animals, like children, we as the civilized society are the trustee voters to protect their rights. To the confused Eagle, the Balangoda Veda, the law trusts with the full citizens (us) the responsibility of caring their rights. One more time for those who are with Eagle & cannot understand the right, it is the legal protection to carry one its/ones usual & natural life, not less not more. People are thinking now no longer it is man’s right to kill and eat animals or force them toil excessively for man’s pleasure. The legal right is always inclusive, not excluding, so protecting wild life area, outside of man’s habitat is man responsibility. Man’s legal authority is limited by jurisdictional territory, but nature doesn’t recognize that limit. So unlike us doing in human right matters, we cannot ignore UN propositions in nature related matters. So, the first step in recognizing animal right is accepting the UN conventions on those matters (Nature & animal rights) and ratifying them. (Lankawe is in Paris accord). Anything those cannot be fully adopted has to be substituted by temporary provision and a time frame should be set up to move to the full provision.
    (Thanks Eagle supplying example for my point)

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    During the last four decades the majority Sri Lankans, especially Sinhala Buddhists have been witnessing a psychological confusion with respect to attitudes of India. They most often felt India as a “regional policeman”, an unfriendly bully rather than a caring elder brother. This anti-Indian sentiment aggravated when India air-dropped dhal in the late 80s and recent decisions taken by India at International Fora to vote against Sri Lanka thereby affecting the cultural ties that the Sinhala-Buddhists had with India for thousands of years. For example, even the last king of Sri Lanka (Kandy) was an import from India. In one side, they have developed a burning fire within themselves against India but on the other side, the originator of their religion, Buddha and the initiator of their race, Vijaya according to their bible of history, “Mahawansa” were Indians. Due to the above reason, the majority Sinhala-Buddhists were looking for a Sri Lankan birth certificate to Buddha and digging the graves of the mythical “Ravana” to replace Vijaya in order to negate the claims of Indian originated race stated in the Pali Chronicles Mahawansa and Dipawansa.
    Continued…

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      Continued from above…
      With the support of the Chinese, they launched a long-term project ‘Lanka is the birthplace of Buddha’ and initiated a ‘Raavana cult’ to break the bond that the people of Sri Lanka have with India due to the Buddha and prince Vijaya. With Chinese money, they have bought university professors/academics and highly educated professionals for this campaign and a remarkable literature has been woven rejecting the Pali chronicles and parts of Pali cannon. The original Buddhist history and some parts of the original Buddhist scriptures were rejected as an anti-national conspiracy to hide the truth. They have written many books in Sinhala on ‘Ravana’ story and ‘Buddha’s birth place in Sri Lanka’. Unfortunately, the Sinhala-Buddhist society is either not willing or not capable of distinguishing lies and myths from facts. It is tragic to see that the Buddhist religion and the Buddhist history are so badly distorted by the so called guardians of Buddhism.

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      L.C,
      There is a growing movement that denies the Indian origins of Buddhism and paints Lord Buddha as a Sinhalese. According to these deluded folk, there is no evidence for this in the Mahavamsa because the perfidious Brits erased it!

      https://qr.ae/TUtFWm

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    This is why Wigneshwaran is nervous:
    (NB! Reduce the resolution to 144p to avoid seeing the details and hold your hands ready to cover the eyes. Its totally shocking).
    Tamil goat sacrifice at temple (“Kedaa Vettu” ( Goat Cutting / Sacrifice ):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eNS7NKa-AQ
    03:18 minutes
     
    I think they eat the slaughtered goats afterwards….
    There are hundreds of videos where they are killing hoards of pigs and cows too.
    I cannot understand why the Tamils are killing cows and why they have to do this in temples.
    The Cow is supposed to be a holy animal in Tamil and Hindu culture.
    There are many macabre videos of Tamils killing animals and showing off with pride. Totally disgusting and unacceptable.
    Some years back some politicians (headed by the notoriously crazy Mervyn Silva) rescued goats and other animals from a Tamil temple. I thought it was not proper at that time, but now I can understand why they rescued the animals from the Tamils.

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      P.P
      I expected you to reply with lies as usual. Here is the Mahavamsa passage:
      “And thereon the king said again to them: `How shall there be any comfort for me, O venerable sirs, since by me was caused the slaughter of a great host numbering millions?’

      `From this deed arises no hindrance in thy way to heaven. Only one and a half human beings have been slain here by thee, O lord of men. The one had come unto the (three) refuges, the other had taken on himself the five precepts Unbelievers and men of evil life were the rest, not more to be esteemed than beasts.”
      Surely you don’t think you are the only one who has read the Mahavamsa. So the Mahavamsa justifies killing non-Buddhists. That’s what Sinhalayo have been doing, isn’t it?

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      PP,
      Can you not see the absolute hypocrisy when you display concern for animals while advocating killing humans?
      This is why I have no respect for Sinhalayo Buddhists, which are a different species from Sinhala Buddhists.

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      a14455 / January 19, 2021

      Thanks so much for making it short. We wish you a sooner recovery. !

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    a14455 / January 19, 2021

    Thanks so much for making it short. We wish you a sooner recovery. !
    xxxx

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