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Monkey Business: Sri Lanka To Export 100,000 Toque Macaque Monkeys To China: A Critical Review Of Implications

By Murali Vallipuranathan

Dr. Murali Vallipuranathan

Sri Lankan Agriculture Ministry is considering a request from Chinese representatives to send 100,000 toque macaque monkeys under the first phase to the zoological gardens in China according to recent media reports[1]. It was further reported that Toque monkeys are the foremost among the animals that cause crop damage in Sri Lanka and the current toque monkey population of Sri Lanka is close to three million [1]. The aim of this article is to critically analyze the validity of the statements in the above media report and discuss the possible implications of sending 100,000 monkeys to China. 

Background: monkeys and their conservation status in Sri Lanka 

Sri Lanka has 5 species of nonhuman primates and leaving aside the 2 species of nocturnal slender lorises we have 3 diurnal species of monkeys: Tufted Grey Langur, Purple-faced leaf monkey and Toque macaque. Purple-faced leaf monkey and Toque macaque are endemic to Sri Lanka while Grey Langur can be found in India too [2]. All species of nonhuman primates are decreasing in population due to habitat loss caused by deforestation and other human activities [2]. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classification, Grey Langur is nearly threatened[3], Toque macaque is endangered, Purple-faced leaf monkey is (more) endangered[4] and lorises are critically endangered[5].

Toque Macaque Monkey | Photo – Murali Vallipuranathan

Estimated number of Toque macaques in Sri Lanka

Specifically, Toque macaques are listed as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN, 2015), appearing on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species[6]. It shows that the international experts are of the opinion that Toque macaques are decreasing in numbers over the time. Out of more than 200 species of monkeys in the world today, monkeys can be elusive in the wild and they are hard to count as individuals. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists the gelada as one of the most populous species, having a total population of about 200,000 individuals[7]. Therefore obviously the numbers of Toque macaque cannot be 3 million and at the higher end we can estimate around 200,000. Therefore exporting 100,000 monkeys to China in the first phase would reduce the population by at least 50% and can lead to serious environmental imbalances. 

Why are monkeys imported? 

Though monkeys are imported for various reasons including for meat, pets, zoos and circuses, the main reason for import of monkeys remains medically related research including testing of drugs, vaccines , transplants and infectious diseases of the brain and other organs[8]. Monkeys are selected over other animals because of their genetic and other similarities with humans. Monkey import is a massive industry that operates beyond our imaginations with legal imports on one end and trafficking of monkey at large scale at other end. The US alone imported approximately 482,000 monkeys between 2000 and 2020[9]. Among the monkey species mainly macaques and marmosets are used in research and testing around the world each year[10]. Although there are breeding centers in several countries including China, catching from the wild is considered as a cheaper option[11].  

Ethics and the tragedy of macaques in experiments and in China

Macaques are highly intelligent social animals and experience emotions in a similar way to humans. They can experience pain and psychological distress as a result of experimental procedures and from the way they are bred, transported or housed. The capture of wild primates for use in breeding colonies and for experiments in some countries also causes very significant suffering. In the breeding centers the monkey mothers will be forced to live and breed in filthy, barren conditions. All the babies are ripped away from the mothers shortly after birth, though in the wild, babies become independent only after 2 years. Exporting animals to China is a particular concern because China does not have any laws against animal cruelty. Only one wild animal protection law exists in China to protect endangered species of wildlife such as pandas, pangolins, and snub-nosed monkeys[12]. Notably Chinese zoos are known for their notorious treatment of animals in captivity[13]. In 2021 China was facing serious experimental monkey shortage during the COVID‐19 lockdown and the sale price had skyrocketed[14]. 

Possible Environmental impact of rapid decline of macaques in Sri Lanka

Toque macaques are mainly frugivorous and involved in seed dispersing. Rapid decline of these monkeys may affect the spread of the plants feeding these monkeys. Rapid decline of macaques can lead to an increase in lizards and small birds because these monkeys are known to feed on them. On the other hand, leopards, fishing cats, pythons and mugger crocodiles are known to prey on these monkeys. A rapid decline of monkeys can lead these predators to look for alternative prey including domestic animals.  

Conclusions

Sri Lanka has been undergoing extensive deforestation with successive political regimes destroying the forests under the name of development projects. In 2021 alone it lost 13.3kha of natural forest[15]. Consequently the forests have been fragmented and the habitats of all the monkeys have shrunk. Human Encroachment into the areas originally occupied by monkeys leads to conflicts. Further Grey Langurs and Macaques have learnt to get food from pilgrims and tourists and can be frequently seen around temples and other tourist places. All these interactions have led the people to perceive the macaques as pests and falsely assume that they are increasing in numbers. It is time for the environmentalists and zoologists to enlighten the public and stop the impending disaster to toque macaques for business profits. At least the toque macaques (rilawa) deserve to live in peace in a country that claims to follow Buddhist doctrine of right livelihood and practice kindness to other animals.  

*Author Dr. Murali Vallipuranathan is a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Jaffna and Colombo, a Senior Specialist of the Ministry of Health and a Council Member of the Sri Lanka Medical Association. He claims the opinion expressed in this article with social responsibility aims to improve the public awareness on this issue and is not related to his official positions. 

Reference:

  1. https://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking_news/Sri-Lanka-to-send-100-000-toque-monkeys-to-zoological-gardens-in-China/108-257511
  2. https://bioone.org/journals/primate-conservation/volume-23/issue-1/052.023.0109/Diurnal-Primates-in-Sri-Lanka-and-Peoples-Perception-of-Them/10.1896/052.023.0109.full
  3. https://animalia.bio/tufted-gray-langur  
  4. https://www.dilmahconservation.org/about-animals/mammals–f9925cffabdd604dfab150bbcb49f2a8/purple-facedlangur–4d3d8e2f9ff0f0b28e8715756f4da56f.html 
  5. https://www.conservationleadershipprogramme.org/media/2014/11/001906_Sri-Lanka_FinalReport_Slender-Loris.pdf 
  6. https://neprimateconservancy.org/toque-macaque/ 
  7. https://a-z-animals.com/blog/how-many-monkeys-are-in-the-world/
  8. https://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/opinions_layman/en/non-human-primates/index.htm#:~:text=Context%20%2D%20Every%20year%2C%20more%20than,infectious%20diseases%20or%20the%20brain.
  9. https://riseforanimals.org/news/exclusive-nhp-importation-data/
  10. https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/laboratory/primates
  11. https://headlines.peta.org/monkey-importation/
  12. https://legaljournal.princeton.edu/how-long-will-chinas-animal-cruelty-laws-have-to-wait%EF%BF%BC/
  13. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2100775/chinas-terrible-zoos-and-why-theyre-still-thriving
  14. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8236990/
  15. https://www.globalforestwatch.org/ statistics of Sri Lanka. 
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  • 24
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    Nothing surprising. It has always been the policy of all successive Chingkalla-led governments from the time of independence, that island will only be the sole preserve of only the Chingkalla Buddhist primates. After all, this is what Lord Buddha, who came over on a magic carpet not once but three times and promised them. Strange as 2500 years ago, there were no Chingkallams. Therefore from the time of independence, all efforts have been taken to forcibly deport all non-Chingkalla primates from the island, like the Indian-origin Thamizh estate workers, or make life so difficult and commit violence, marginalisation, discrimination and war crimes on them, that large numbers of them will pack up and be forced to leave, like the Burghers in the late 50s and 60s and then the around 1.3 million indigenous Ezham Thamizh.

  • 22
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    Later they started on their former allies, who were the junior partners in the Eezham Thamizh genocide, the fake Arab, South Indian-origin Thamizh Muslims who love to be called Sri Lankan Moors, to connect with the Arab world, that they worship and make life hell for them too so that they will also leave. Do not know where but somewhere. Now this policy is now being vigorously implemented and it also includes non-human primates like the Toque Macaque Monkeys. 100000 to be exported to China, god only knows what fate awaits these unfortunate primates. This is the beginning and soon other primates and non-primates to follow and only Chingkalla Buddhists will remain, to be voluntarily exported to the Arabian Gulf and other places too, to remit money, so that the yellow pets and the ruling Chingkalla elite can live in comfort and luxury.

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      PK. your hatred for the Sinhalese turns every single thing into a racial issue.

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        S
        Be reasonable.
        Toque Macaque Monkeys could have been a Tamil-speaking species that lost is speech skills during some stage.

        • 18
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          Yes they most probably were your close relatives too, this is why we get a lot of monkey business from you here.

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            Piglet,
            I will not reject the possibility that you are my close relative, even it hurts my pride.
            Life is such a mixed bag.

            • 14
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              However, I totally reject the possibility that something self-serving and self-hating with a selfish agenda, has even the remotest connection to me and I state it with pride. Life is really a mixed bag and you are better off being a Chavam than a Sivam.

              • 2
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                Now you are desperate and sound pathetic.
                Take a deep breath before the next utterance.
                It may help, but is no guarantee to produce sense out of you.

        • 6
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          Dr. Murali’s intention in writing this piece is to bring to the world the new plight of the Ceylon Monkeys. So, in your mind, you have seen some association of these life from with Tamils, it is irrelevant for the readers, whether it is a positive, scientific attribute, or filthy addicted one’s foul stories. You did everything possible to see Dr. Thiyagalingam not getting a job at UOJ, right after Deva’s team, only to sweep under the carpet all that happened in the previous teams, not be exposed by Dr. Thiyagalingam. Everybody understood why the Imperialists’ Coole Evil must be followed right after the Russian communist SLFP-II. Such is the need for Vasanthi’s acolytes to protect her so dedicatedly. You are, very effectively, ridiculing (in your terminology) Dr. Murali’s effort to hide what has been happening in Ceylon’s Nature lands during the past 75 years of the UNP-SLFP duel. This is really associating your anti-Monkey campaign with your usual anti-Tamil campaigning. All what we can do here is leave it to you for honestly come forward and explain that what is that unique relationship you find between Ceylon Tamils- and Ceylon wildlife so you are out there to bring such a devastation to the poor, motherless monkeys, calling them as that they too are Tamils. Like Negombo Tamils, could they not become Sinhalese in future, and become your favorites?

      • 18
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        It is not hatred but the truth that most Chingkallams do not want to acknowledge and deny, the root cause of the problem. You are a good example of this and you vehemently protesting here is proof of this

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          Pk , mechanical minded Professor calls it ” POSITIVE DISCRIMINATION ” .An alternate term for enabling and denial,

          • 0
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            Even playing ball with utter racism goes!
            How sick can one get!

  • 21
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    can we export our politicians too as a package deal?

    • 8
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      Pls don’t
      These are the lovely experts we have they do what Praba left to do.brought the country to the knees with begging bowl.

  • 22
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    Sri Lanka is a land like no other. Being the Miracle of Asia it is infested with monkeying jackals in its national parliament. Although a collection of baboons is a parliament in proper English, the national policy-makers are the scum of the earth and have destroyed the country wholesale. Although the people know their duplicity and utterly revulsive status, they are hamstrung by the authoritarian fascist state that is developing. So, endangered or not, these bastards will sell anything and the people who do not understand the status of IUCN assessments, would welcome the ridding of their gardens of the “monkey problem” especially in areas where they have learnt to raid domestic compounds through loss of natural habitat through massive scale timber and other unethical industries. China is a vastly developed country despite its lack of animal rights. They will not care about Sri lanka losing its ecological balance and view with contempt, its vulgar corrupt to the core politicians.

  • 9
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    “Scientists are making human-monkey hybrids in China”
    .
    “Scientists may have taken a big—and controversial—leap by mixing human cells into monkey embryos.”
    .
    https://www.technologyreview.com/2019/08/01/652/scientists-are-making-human-monkey-hybrids-in-china/

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      The first statement is a sensational headline that is not affirmed anywhere in the text of the article.
      The second is not entirely unprecedented: “…Davis, who previously worked with Salk on the pig-human chimeras, says he doesn’t think it makes sense to try to grow human organs in monkeys.”
      Did the government ever ask what the purpose of the import is?
      *
      Cannot we think of more mundane purposes, especially since a large number of animals is involved.
      Monkey meat is eaten in many parts of the world, including Asia.
      I know for a fact that it has been served in eateries in the Vanni. It was called ‘thongu maan’ (hanging deer).

      • 7
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        “International team of researchers creates 132 human-monkey embryos in China”
        .
        “The project is aimed at helping develop organs for transplantation, but it has drawn criticism over ethical concerns”
        .
        https://english.elpais.com/usa/2021-04-21/international-team-of-researchers-creates-132-human-monkey-embryos-in-china.html

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          ASD
          The earlier article you cited “https://www.technologyreview.com/2019/08/01/652/scientists-are-making-human-monkey-hybrids-in-china/” questioned the feasibility of the proposed purpose in the later one.

      • 12
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        Prof Deadwood, Is there a mundane reason for Lankan women to be auctioned as sex slaves in Middle Easterncountries ???

        • 3
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          There is a far more mundane reason for that, any fairly intelligent person with functioning a pair of dingdongs would know.
          Were not Nepali women sold for skin trade in Indian red light districts?
          The land of Kamasutra is no second to the land of the Perfumed Garden when it comes to the satisfaction of certain urges.

          • 0
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            … any fairly intelligent person with a functioning pair of dingdongs ….

            • 11
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              I understand your pain of not having one. Still, not too late to consider, Chinese tissue culturing or a transplant from Toque. As you say they may have lost their speech skills but can satisfy certain urges. ??? and stay with pure Lankan breed (there are plenty) avoiding those half breeds with Chinese locals, which may not measure up to your expectations.

              • 2
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                When there’s no learning or intelligence to fall back on, then a person may reach for the “half-breed” insult. In doing so the offender may hope to convey being “full-breed”, even if the canine type was part of the breeding.

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                  OMG, now Sonali is talking as SJ or is it other way around ??? Who knows soon the exported Lankan Toques too may start talking with them.

                  • 3
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                    Doggy, doggy here’s a bone. Sonali is Sonali, no one else. She remarks only when she finds comments that don’t make any sense, indicating the commentator didn’t read and understand the head article in the first place. As other commentators suggest, that may happen when vital organs are broken. Or when a canine breed had got into the mix. Then like stray canines they all give their top dog a tick. Sin aney.

              • 5
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                Your comments suggest that another vital organ is dysfunctional.
                Do mind the dingdongs when you do the b&k bending exercises.

                • 4
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                  Deadwood didn’t some one here tell, you had a split personality in past, Apparently you got cured after being told. Just like you playing multiple roles as a therapist
                  “breath in , breath out relaxation exercise. Other times you play toleof “:poor me , I’ m the victim”

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      ASD don’t you think we already have a few self made hybrids in Lanka ???

      • 1
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        Quite a few seem to have migrated to greener pastures.

  • 16
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    First export the 225 + the president. ………. They have the best monkey genes/traits in the whole wide world.

    Keep the real monkeys and select the 225 jump-iest of them all for the parliament …….. and select a monkey who is not sure about his gender for the president. And let them run the show ……. they’ll do a better job.

    Native, wanna bet?

    • 7
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      nimal fernando

      “First export the 225 + the president. ………. They have the best monkey genes/traits in the whole wide world.”

      I have already mentioned this elsewhere in CT.
      Any news from SJ?

      • 2
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        “I have already mentioned this elsewhere in CT.”

        We think alike, Native! …….. Except when it comes to women!! :))

      • 2
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        Native, He is busy making spicy tissue cultured / organic Toque curry ( not Tofu) for New Year celebration.

        • 2
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          To all those Toque lovers, remeber to add Sonali’ s special “Toque Sambol” ( secret family receipe ) when serving, for a delicious complete meal .

          • 4
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            Poor sod. Something is badly hurt, not his dds.
            Needs special attention.

            • 4
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              At your age, why are you fixated so much with something you do not have. Is this some kind of weird New year resolution of yours ???

  • 15
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    Thank you, Dr. Murali Vallipuranathan. I am glad that I got the chance to get to know the implications of the anticipated trade. Monkey business, indeed!

    • 13
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      Nathan,
      Dr. MV or people like him are rare in this country.
      Oh my God, everyone at Unis is like mercy cows.. That was the same, when GMOA dogs came in to distract virologists during the Covid pandemic. This indifferent culture was reintroduced by Rajapaksa. May Rajapaksa s be punished by all divine forces.

      In a country where many mothers leave their families to become domestic workers in the Middle East, how can they be expected to protect our wildlife?
      Anticipating protests against monkey export????????????

      What they experience in those Arab indoor environments as housmaids (rapes, torture etc) is a new type of lab-rat treatments.

  • 10
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    What about exporting the 225 in Parliament? They have no predators, nor do they eat birds and lizards. But the Chinese definitely must not allow them to breed.

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      old codger

      “But the Chinese definitely must not allow them to breed.”

      I share your concern.
      However the system is such some of them escape from rigorous checks and scruitiny as you know after all Chinese too are human beings.
      Please watch this clip:
      PHIL SILVERS – 1956 – “Harry Speakup”
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cr2171o39HM

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      OC
      Your fears are unfounded.
      To breed they need fertile members of both male and female of the species.
      Males, there are plenty. I doubt if any female will medically qualify.
      Half breeds with Chinese locals, including all primates, may not measure up to expectations.

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    1
    Dear Lecturer, Dr. MV, Thank you very much for raising your voice on this critical environmental threat to Sri Lanka. I also really appreciate being an active environmentalist. Genetically speaking, the difference between humans and other non-human ancestors is not even 1.7%, the genomes are very closely comparable.

    Such monkeys are in high demand today for laboratory tests in medical laboratories and other research fields. I am well connected with some researchers who have been looking for them for a long time. The Chinese noticed it a long time ago, and focused on Asian and African countries where guinea pigs are abundant.

    Personally, I would be happier if the 69 lakh human pigs (who voted for Rajapaksa’s return) were used leaving innocient monkeys, birds and other beasts. Those pigs-like votersshould have been imported into China or others. Besides, It is the primary source of balancing the country’s ecosystems.

    tbc

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      2
      Apparently, all other colleagues are still indifferent, as is the case in srilanka for any matter, and with various questions about ecology, however, as a university lecturer,, one should really appreciate that you have raised a voice on this eco issue.
      ..
      During the Covid-19 pandemic in this country, specialists in virology were generally not given their place. Nor were other similar life scientists requested to act accordingly.

      We knew how GOTA ignorned expert virologist, Prof. Vitharana, irrespective of his repeated requests ???????

      From the outside I feel todays srilanken culture dont seem to use brainse but muscle. Who made this culture ?

      This has led to all sorts of carelessness and accidents, however, a highly biased media double standard is not doing their job well.
      True nature lovers and corresponding authorities will not agree to import animals whose effects on ecosystems have not been studied. I wonder who made these decisions reducing the monkey population by 50% across the island. Looking back, in the last 15 years, the authorities in various fields together with the Chinese made decisions that will destroy this country and the nation today.

  • 9
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    What chance for these creatures got,look at the track records of the treatment for the minorities.
    These super saviours of 2500 are “Foremost “.
    All they do is cursed after curses, cruelty for any living beings regardless devastation destroy all in the name of “Foremost “

  • 9
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    Where are the protests? ‘Buddhist’ and ‘Hindu’ countries should not export animals, certainly not for experiments.

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      Svenson,
      .
      There were no protests in this country when they were promoted as petrol assistants and minister of fainance to this nation…. Remember ?

      At the time, planeloads of Rajapakshe supporters amounting 300 ( 3000 Euro x 300 –
      9 000 00 Euro, were those b****puthas own funds ?) were flown to UNO assembly sessions and to the Vatican at taxpayer expense, and those people never protested. Mahinda Rajapaksa was held as FUHURER by the passive dominant Sri Lankan nation. such a stupid nation to protest for this ?

      Moreover, do you ever expect the same people to protest against the importation of our monkeys?

      • 10
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        Yes LM you are right, our people seem to excel in hypocrisy and shamelessness.

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          Svenson,
          .
          My granies would have named them after ” real thirisannu”. May this nation be blessed with some wisdom !!!!!

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            LM my Grandfather used to call them ‘all bloody rogues’ and that was in the Sixties. What would he call them now? He would be turning in his grave if he hadn’t been cremated.

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              Unfortunately people s mindset 😕 is manipulated by the rascals for the last 2 decades. I have nt lived there for the last 3 decades. I notice it each time travelling back home. May u be blessed with sinhala & Hindu new year Svensen!!!!!🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌

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                You too LM. Another year of monkey business ahead in SL.

    • 5
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      “Protest”
      Water Canon tear gas arrest under PTA
      All for human sufferings
      Animal cruelty is norm,we could see in perahera how the elephant being chained and covered with glittering clothes, even yellow clothes being wrapped for thugs too.
      These powerfull wrapped ones tells the elected Govnt what to do. They just told them not 13A,just restore the tri forces in the north and East, these masons are there to implementation of sinhala Buddhist

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        “Animal cruelty is norm,we could see in perahera how the elephant being chained and covered with glittering clothes, even yellow clothes being wrapped for thugs too.”
        Have you been in Mysore during Dasara?
        The custom was probably imported from India.

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      Svenson

      “‘Buddhist’ and ‘Hindu’ countries should not export animals, certainly not for experiments.”

      Please name those Buddhist’ and ‘Hindu’ countries.

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        Dear Vedda don’t excite yourself. The inverted commas mean that there are no such countries, they merely imagine that they are totally Buddhist or Hindu.

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          S
          Please do not make such unfair requests of one in a permanent state of excitement.
          I really care for him, unlike some of you..

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      S
      Seriously, the number is far too big for experiments of the nature suggested, and also the feasibility of organ development is much in question.
      Monkey breeding for meat is a possibility that I will not rule out.
      We should have insisted on declaration of purpose of import.
      It is as callous as letting women go for domestic work without personal safety measures, knowing well the personal risks.

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    EX-port oriented development policy is working very well in Sri Lanka. SriLanka exported a large sunk of educated people in the name of Refugees and spending billions worth ammunitions to kill more civilians. Now, in the name of economic crisis, government asked people to leave the country and thousands are queing in the passport office. Now Moneys export. 225 +1 will be the final population each as billionnaires.

    • 2
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      Back in the comfort zone?

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    No doubt these “Toque Macaque Monkeys” are a menace and a “Destroyer” of the agricultural products of Sri Lanka. That is the main concern of the agricultural community. If we decide, I would suggest to Minister of Agriculture – Mahinda Amaraweera to first draw up a list of “PRIORITY” to “Export” these “Rilavau”. In my opinion, I suggest the following be named on a “PRIORITY” basis, as the PEOPLE have decided on the “RING” who completely destroyed our agriculture by imposing a complete ban on chemical fertilizer.

    (1) Grotabaya Rajapakse – Ex-President. ( 2.) Dr. Padeniya (3) Rev? Tathane (4) Mahindananda Aluthgamage – Ex-Minister of Agriculture (5) Sashindra Rajapakse – Ex-State Minister of Agriculture.

    In the next “Priority List” must be included: All UNP contestants who were “REJECTED” by the PEOPLE at the last Parliamentary Elections, now “Entered” through “Back-Door” called “National List. One such has even become the “President” of the country. They are destroying the whole of the country.

    Better “EXPORT” these categories of “Rilavu” FIRST and save this country.

  • 5
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    There is a world wide call for experiments on animals to be banned but whatever the argument for or against vivisection, I would think that SL, being proudly acclaimed as a Buddhist nation, should be totally against such live animal exports as a matter of principle.
    Maybe the average citizen, including Buddhist monks, are unaware of the bigger picture of animal cruelty & suffering of animals in Buddhist SL. There were protests about the slaughter of cows but no protests against the slaughter of other animals, hunting or poaching in reservations & illicit slaughter that is going on, particularly, in rural areas. Jungles, including reservations are being encroached by developers & villagers, & the poor animals driven out of their habitat. The remaining game reservations are overcrowded with tourists & with so much vehicular traffic, the animals are no longer able to roam freely & safety.
    My

    • 7
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      My utmost respect for Dr. Vallipuranathan for exposing this abhorrent ‘monkey business’ & I hope the public outcry would end this cruel practice. SL needs people like Dr Vallipuranathan to educate the masses.

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        RAJ-UK,
        CONTD,
        Its doesn’t need deep thinking to understand that this religion which was even embraced even by Tamils of yore in SL (Tamil Buddhism) has waned and had died a natural death due to this decay in the Religious – gradual over years but evidently well recognisable and substantial as of date!!!??
        Whither Buddhism!!????

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          M
          Have you done a global survey of Buddhist practices?
          If abuse and malpractices are arguments, every religion before us has died ‘naturally’!.
          BTW
          Buddhism and Jainism introduced ethics to Tamil. Jains were great grammarians as well.
          Every kind of “Hinduism” we have now is post Sankaracharya. There is plenty written on the matter. Even Christianity reached Tamilnadu and Kerala before Sankara.
          *
          Is it not time that we stopped insulting faiths in order to hurt the feelings of believers?

      • 0
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        Raj-UK,

        Thank you for the graceful wish. The Monkey Business is a hostage taking of another living natives of Lanka, by the Evil Emperor, for the West not to spoil the Veto Voting from China. Being forced to take a loan from the IMF, not from China is a big pain for the followers of Aappa Diplomacy. Because it gives a chilling fear of the fact that even the Aappa Diplomacy can be defeated, but only if the UN groups & Western democracies are honestly interested in that. While Langkang avoiding it, IMF forcefully extracting Chinese concessions with a direct talk with China on behalf of Langkang is excruciating pain for the Evil Emperor and Old Rowdy King, who claimed that it was Ma O who obtained the freedom from Western Colonizers for Langkang. Taking loan, instead of participating in Nova Imperial China’s BRI project, that is intended to free the entire world from Western Colonialism, is like revoking the UNP-SLFP Appe Aanduwas’ pledge of Allegiance to the New Emperor, President Xi Jinping.

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        Why export our monkeys? They are trained to pluck coconuts in places like Thailand. We already have a shortage of human pluckers.
        It just occurred to me that the ones in Parliament could also be trained and become more useful to the country.

        https://youtu.be/8gWEsNL-RJc

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          “Why export our monkeys? “
          Too few coconuts and too many monkeys.

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            So worried about the monkeys trained UOJ population going unemployed? You could not stop the body parts of harvested Chinese prisoners coming to Langkang but can’t you train the money for those vacancies too? For how long have you been in Langkang to say that the monkey coconut pluckers are saturated, so other monkeys must be deported? If these monkeys are not needed for coconut harvesting, are they not good even for body parts harvesting and exporting? Or is there a special demand for Tamils’ eyes and Kidneys, which cannot be duplicated by monkeys?

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      Raj-UK,
      There is a worldwide call for experiments _________________for or against vivisection, I would think that SL, being PROUDLY ACCLAIMED AS A BUDDHIST NATION, should be totally against such live animal exports as a matter of principle.
      That is only SELF-ACCLAIMED AS Buddhist nation!!!
      In Name only but NOT IN DEED!!!???????
      BUDDHISM AND IT’S THEOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES AND CHARACTER ARE DEFAMED AND OBSERVED IN THE BREACH THAN IF ANY ONE TIME FOLLOWING GAUTAMA THE BUDDHA’S NOBLE PRECEPTS!!!??? WHAT CONVOLUTED THINKING DOES EXIST IN THIS COUNTRY AS FOLLOWING THE PRECEPTS!!!???
      Numerous “VOICE CUTS”, in public domain, so-called priests (Monks) of noble philosophy expounded by Buddha on attaining enlightenment being observed in the breach!!??
      FOR STARTERS, ACTIONS AND SPECH ADDUCEABLE TO THESE PRIESTS ARE DENOUNCEABLE AS THEY AREN’T WORTHY OF “RELIGIOUS” – INSTANCES OF MATERIAL GAINS, SUCH AS EVICTING “LEGAL” LAND OWNERS FROM ROPERTIES; AS EXAMPLE!!!???
      None couldn’t achieve different result, when VIRTUAL destitute is conveniently, clothed in sacred robe, lacking the demeanour and behavioural pattern of enlightenment and WISDOM!!!
      IRONY OF THE WHOLE EPISODE IS THAT THYE ARE THE ADVISORS AND COUNSELLORS (enable legislators, unable to resolve issues/problems) OF THOSE IN GOVERNANCE OF COUNTRY!!??
      ROTTEN FROM TOP TO BOTTOM – POLITY AND RELIGIOUS!!!????

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      RAJ-UK,
      CONTD,
      Its doesn’t need deep thinking to understand that this religion which was even embraced by even Tamils of yore in SL (Tamil Buddhism) has waned and had died a natural death due to this decay in the Religious – gradual over years but evidently well recognisable and substantial as of date!!!??
      Whither Buddhism!!????

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    The last few days, I was forced to spend time in the hospital. To avoid eating eggs, sea cucumber or even sea vegetables like things, I told them I am a vegan vegetarian. But I am not; like many other vegetarians, only a hypocritical vegetarian. When I was coming back home, I really felt proud of myself. The last few days, I ate only Vegetarian food. They brought me burgers, scrambled eggs, nuggets, the silk milk, butter …… which I never tasted in my life, but all were honest vegetable food. Further, if you want to eat meat, that is even now possible. A small sample is taken from the living, and it is brought up in labs. Many kinds of medical tests are switched over to lab tissues, instead on living animals. It is not Buddha or Shiva who can teach what is honest, not killing. Only the civilized Western world, who have legislated animal rights, can teach true vegetarianism to Hindus and Buddhists. I really felt eased and lighthearted by these coming scientific developments from the West. One day, instead of trespassing in their habitat and terrorizing them without even a PTA, domesticated animals will be retrained on their natural living styles and would be sent to their native homeland-the wild, but sadly, the Vijaya’s, the wild lions’ prodigies, would be missing enjoying this opportunity for ever.

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      ” I am a vegan vegetarian.”
      Nice to know.
      BTW
      Are there vegan nonvegetarians?

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        The saying in Tamil is that “The one who could not bend in 5 doesn’t bend in 50s”.

        Sadly, the UOJ has/had Sadampies to train students to work for Dobby, not to work in atomic physics, Aerospace science. AI, Block Chain….These language Pundits work only for the Rapist Air Force as translators, but their ability in languages is not adequate enough even to carry out chitchats.

        Vegan a qualifier to explain a certain condition of vegetarianism. To negate that situation, it is the qualifier which is negated. Negated base word, the “vegetarian,” does not need to grammatically take “Vegan” with it. So non-Vegan Vegetarians are existing out in the world where Sunshine. But like the root -3, root -7 numbers, the Vegan Non-Vegetarian are only staying in the imagination of the brains that are burned out by Deva Badus.

        Bless Bathiudeen who wasted poor people’s money on higher education scholarships on his own productions, the Standardization graduates.

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          That seems like non-vegetarian vegan material that is dished out?

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            We talked only about vegan vegetarians. It is a higher form of scientific diet, not defined by religion like Hinduism or Buddhism. It is an English terminology. No Tamil translation available. Saiva Saapaadu is translated as a vegetarian meal. When you put the order of the words interposed, they need not have the same type of meaning. While Manitha Kurangu is a unique animal, neither man nor a monkey, but a Chimpanzee, the Kurangu Manithan is a man as bad as a monkey. You can convulse to any amount, your way of interpretation is not in English, but may be in Mechanical Marxism, taught in the UK. Sorry I did not study that subject, nor did I go to the UK on Bathiudeen Scholarship. For Ex.: 1) A vegetarian automatically means a non-vegetarian, who eats animal products like eggs and dairy.2) As vegetarianism includes dairy, then it does not mean the milk is a vegetable juice dripped from Jaffna Palmyra Palms. That stuff is only Toddy not milk. Again, do not confuse the milk and the toddy. Vegetable means, in English, a worthless fool. In Tamil, he is a Paithankai. So, Vegetarian does not mean a person who would not mind rip off and eat a Vegetable.

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              More vegan nonvegetarian recipes on the table!

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            Vegan is a person who would not mind eating parasites, vegetables, fruits, leaves, bark, stems, roots, yams……….. A Hindu vegetarian does not eat parasitic mushrooms. The English vegetarian word came from Hindus & Buddhists’ who eat dairy but not meat. As those who saw milk as not a sin, because the cow has let it go without being hurt, think egg is also not a life as hen had let it go. Eggarian argues that when a vegetarian eats an eggplant, he eats hundreds and hundreds of sprout-able lives, that is a sin vegetarian commit. So, Jain monks eat only fallen tree leaves and fallen fruit flesh. This has enabled Buddhist monks to eat a dead animal, cooked by a village devotee, but not get out, hunt, and eat deer or rabbit, unlike the Vijaya the lion cup’s prodigies are doing in Langkang. Because Hindus believe the Savam in the sky created humans, and made all human babies dependent on milk, (even the vegan animals like water buffaloes’ calves) drinking milk is not a sin in Savam’s perception. Otherwise, if Savam considers the man who ever drank any milk is not his devotee, then the sensible human species must have separated them from the Savam. So, it was recognized that Savam does not oppose drinking milk.

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              “Vegan is a person who would not mind eating parasites”
              Even head lice, bedbugs, hookworms, vampire bats…?

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                Chinease vegan?

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                  A
                  Ask the specialist on veganism.
                  He is very busy explaining vegetarian veganism.
                  Can you tell me if you know any non–vegetarian vegan?

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                This Karl Marx Mechanic is Karumam. I already told you the thing that you get from palm trees is not milk. Milk is nonveg, but is pure vegetarian food! A vegan vegetarian is a person who does not eat animal parts that ordinary vegetarians eat. Read my notes again. The vegetable in Vegetarianism is not any scientific classification, but only religious. As babies cannot live without drinking milk, so the religious people who believe that the god who created them exempted milk for them. Not much different from Kalal meat or Kosher, which are allowed by Allah. Vegan is science based. Vegan vegetables, meant in vegan, are science based. You are confusing your Karl Marx logic with grammar logic. A language’s grammar is not pure logic, always has many exemptions for all grammatical rules. Karl Marx logically put every vegetable and meat in one pot called Das Pot, added water, and made soup. In that way he claims he avoids milking the workers. It is not true and a subject for another talk. When people like you drink that soup, you fall into hallucination, same as Deva’s Badu.

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                Parasites are both animals & plants. Bacteria and fungus are plants. That is why, to put yeast in Dosai mix, I put lot and lots toddy in that. If you have small, round, white patches on your skin, it can just from Fungus, do not worry. But if you have yeast infection, you need to go to an Aids checkup. The bacteria, fungus & mushroom are plants, not animals. So, vegetable eating vegans can eat these parasites. Hearing that, do not misunderstand the language and start to scrape your skin for lunch and come to complain to me, like a nincompoop. But the Langkang monkeys are well known, even from the time before Karl Marx, to pluck lies from each other’s skin and nibble them. That is also a part of their nit picking Kuranku Chaedai. Who taught you that your lies are only vegetables so vegans can eat them? Karumam, Karumam!! Take a bath in Kanga for a good long time and wash all the sins accumulated from the lies eating thus far. (Pls be careful not to wash off your lies in Ganges, you need them for your survival with Deva & Vasanthi!)

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            One time Durvasa went to try crossing a river, but it was overflowing. He slept in a nearby house that night. The owner, not willing to let him sleep with an empty stomach and not being able to go to his garden to plug in some vegetables, yet knowingly, he cut his goat and provided dinner to Durvasa. As Durvasa was a vegetarian his whole life, not being able to identify the goat curry, ate it. Next morning, though the water had subsided, the fearful the boat owner told the passengers, first a not sin making Vegetarian to get in the boat and then others to follow. Durvasa stepped in the boat first. The boat safely crossed the water. On the other side of the river, the farmer pleaded for an excuse from Durvasa saying “lord, yesterday I cooked meat curry for you because I had run out of vegetables. So, I was concerned if I were going to sink all the passengers in the water by not telling the truth”. Durvasa said, “Devotee, I don’t know what you gave me, but I am a pure vegetarian and never eat non veggies; that was the question from the boat owner to save the passengers. So do not worry, you never put anybody in danger by your good intention of giving me some food on that hopeless, wintry night.

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              Any excuse to enjoy a good mutton curry.

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                May be, but, sorry, I could not find any line in that legend that, particularly Durvasa enjoyed or puke it. Try google.

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                  The man could not tell the difference between veg and non-veg food according to the ‘expert’.

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                    Question: What is a vegan vegetarian?

                    Answer: Vegetarians don’t eat any food products made from meat, fish, shellfish, crustacean (such as prawns or crab) or animal by-products (such as gelatine or rennet). Vegans do not eat any food products that come from animals, including dairy products and eggs. – Google

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                    If Vegan Vegetarian is there, there is no need for the non-Vegetarian vegan or Vegan Non-Vegetarian to be there. You neither attempt to show that they are not there, or they are there. You so far have not established that the vegan is not a vegetarian, so calling a vegan as a vegan vegetation is wrong.

                    Because you have created a combination it does not wipe out the already existing and I used. It is the combination you created is wrong. Vegan is only a sub classification of vegetarians. So, the subclass can always qualify for the main classification. Kaddu Poonai is one Poonai. So, with how many people have you argued in the past that using the phrase Kaadu Poonai, under the Rapist Air Force Grammer, is wrong? Unless you can establish that a vegetarian is mutually exclusive from Vegan you talk only dump. Have you ever seen a Peddai Naai barking non-stop repeatedly?

                    You are trying to argue that in all theories that inverse also should be true. But sadly, you are begging me to prove your stand is correct. If you can, go ahead and prove that Vegan is not vegetarian, so it cannot be used to qualify a particular vegetarian group.

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                    veg1

                    Verb informal

                    verb: veg; 3rd person present: vegges;

                    relax to the point of complete inertia.

                    “they were vegging out in front of the TV”

                    It might be that you have shown your usual sense of humor, but to show my honesty, there is no formal name of veg for vegetables or any other food. So, Durvasa does not need to know any veg or non veg. Sorry dear friend. Don’t keep bluffing. Sages have been eating food for hunger only, not for the taste. They were never rated or certified in any food tasting competition. Instead of your, the so-called expert, where did your intelligence go to prove that Durvasa knew that he was eating Mutton? If you are in suspicion, why do you keep bluffing to show you are the only one who knows the truth for sure. Why don’t you prove it with evidence? (Is that you point that even Durvasa knew the goat Curry by the English word mutton-English a language came into existence only less than a millennium ago? You could not create suspicion in any reader’s mind that Durvasa was aware of the truth! Period. You can hang yourself to prove otherwise, but when I was in the hospital, I ate many different forms imitated non veggie products. I never knew how the original products taste.

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                      to stop italics

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            A set of scientific diet classifications is here. So do not confuse yourself by over-embossing a Vegan Vegetarian with a non-Vegetarian Vegan. Study some languages to know how grammar works. Vegan is a scientific word, does not connect to garden vegetables. Vegetarianism is steaming from religions, not from vegetables. Do not attempt to substitute one for the other, by Deva’s Badu’s influence.

            https://www.heartfoundation.org.nz/wellbeing/healthy-eating/nutrition-facts/plant-based-vegetarian-vegan-diets

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              “Do not attempt to substitute one for the other”
              True.
              But someone fused the two.

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    Langkang’s strange species SinhaLE, the Wildlife Sanctuary Sinhala Intellectuals, came from La La jungles, now smuggling Eelam’s animals for the Yuan Commissions. Those who harvested and exported 10,000 Tamils’ eyes are now smuggling animals to China. That is the country harvests the prisoners body parts to export worldwide. China is the biggest country in the world in consuming pet animals & wildlife, rather than eating farm animals and sea foods. To do agriculture in Langkang, they are exporting their Hunu; To balance the Hunu import loans, the Vijaya lion’s prodigies are exporting the endangered Eelam’s Wildlife to them. These are the people who wear 900 sovereign rings for their pets’ dicks and publish the photos. Ma O’s dingdong carriers are exceedingly high spiritedly, defending Evil Emperor’s administration Gilmarts. But whatever the coverup these Afghani donkeys are attempting, if without paying its loans, but these guys hide behind the IMF’s Munthani, China will pull off all Amudies of this eolithic species and tie them on these species’ heads.

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    Langkang women were /(are?) sold in Dubai Supermarkets. Many of the women smugglers’ ships fly Langkang’s Royal flag on their masts. The Elder Son Prince has been using Royal Navy’s, Australia donated ships for this trade. When the UN asked Langkang to explain women sales in supermarkets, Appe Aanduwa showed its back and patted on it. So now the poor UN said, “it is ok, we can investigate it ourselves, please do not be feeling bad or worry about it.” That is the story of the UN, which closed its office in Colombo to avoid witnessing the War Crimes of 2009. While that is going on one side, on the other side, IMF is pleading Appe Aanduwa to accept their loan. But Langkang will be going with China’s consultation only. It will seek to spoil the hard-earned Veto Vote at UNSC. Zambia, like other countries who are waiting for more than three years for an IMF loan, are only shown mirage in the desert. Until IMF is in the Helmsman position for UN initiations, WWF (The Wildlife Conservation Society) will not show its head black on the 100,000 Monkeys smuggling from SinhaLE Wildlife Sanctuary. The Tamils who came with their voting rights lost on their stand on the homeland call, Who the poor monkeys are in front of the Appa Diplomacy of Langkang!

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    First, they came for the Indian-origin estate Thamizh who at that time produced most of the island’s wealth, made them stateless and forcibly deported most of them to India, a strange land to them, for most them their ancestors had arrived from there 8 generations ago. No one protested. Then with Chingkalla, only and other racist acts most of the island’s European-origin Burgher community found life impossible and left, and no one protested again. Then they started to make life impossible for the indigenous Eezham Thamizh, marginalizing them, stealing their lands, denying them higher education, employment language rights and committing state-sponsored pogroms and war crimes on them, resulting in around 300000 of them killed from the time of independence and an another 1.2 -1.3 million forced to flee the island, largely to the west as refugees. Still, no one protested but there was great elation at this. Then started on the island’s Muslims again joy and elation, as the dream of a pure Chingkalla-only Buddhist land was soon being realised, with each non-Chingkalla human primate being systematically targetted and chased out or drastically reduced to create this dream. Now this has even expanded to non-human primates like monkeys. To make more space for Chingkalla human primates. Nest what birds, butterflies, elephants, leopards, bears, snakes and crocodiles and other reptiles? Lord Buddha will be weeping

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      Poor Pastor Martin Niemöller!

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        Poor indeed. He was not aware of ” positive discrimination” ???

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          Poor not pathetic!

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    I feel sorry for the 100,000 monkey citizens of our country who are being forcibly exiled – and that too of all countries, to China – a dreary, humourless, regimented, ‘socialist’ country of workaholics obsessed with money, trade, and US Dollars. How can our monkeys be happy in such an environment? I feel sorry they’re going to miss raiding home gardens and stealing young coconuts, bananas, mangoes, guavas, rambutans and jack fruit. I’ve watched them sneak through open windows into kitchens and eat sugar and jaggery and then get horny and dash to the rooftop and conduct physical exams on each other and then have group sex under the tropical sun. They go at it like there’s no tomorrow. As a matter of fact they are quite horny. I have often noticed male Toque macaques playing with their ding-dongs on seeing pretty women. Will the Beijing authoritarian regime regard these attributes as ‘bourgeois’ culture and try to “reeducate” them like what they’re doing to the Uyghurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang region. Since 2017 over one million of these people are being held in detention centres and subjected to severe mistreatment including rape and torture in the name of ‘reeducation’ – meaning they give up their religion. Actually the Sri Lankan monkeys can reeducate the Chinese rulers about living free and happy.

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      Monkey ding-dong watcher, our monkeys have been here for millennia, but failed to educate the Tamils and Sinhalese.

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    At least they don’t put people in concentration camps and torture them in Sri Lanka to de-religionize (is that a word?) them like what the despotic Chinese rulers are doing to the Uyghurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang region. I fervently hope the pig-headed fellows in Beijing don’t make Chinese-Monkey Hybrids and destroy the great civilisational heritage of our monkeys.
    .
    “China’s Repression of Uyghurs in Xinjiang”
    .
    https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/china-xinjiang-uyghurs-muslims-repression-genocide-human-rights

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      Racism knows no logic, and racists cherry pick to suit their racial hatred.

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    “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg7v4tAiImA”
    Why China Wants Hundreds of Thousands of Sri Lanka’s Monkeys | Vantage with Palki Sharma
    She suggests that they will end up in restaurants.
    The reasoning is simple and not a fraction as convoluted as many seen here.

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      Prof

      I did watch that youtube and I feel more than a little bit of Indian xenophobia and Indian Racism involved. There is no love lost in those Indian quarters to the Chinese and they would love to portray themselves as morally superior to those slit-eyed Chinese. lol. (because they eat cats or dogs or monkeys)All the while they are the ones who classify other humans as untouchables. while working with many Indians and Chinese I have never felt that the people themselves have any antagonism with each other. Just their media and leadership.

      But on the matter at hand, I dont see how these rilawas are endangered. if anything they are a bloody nuisance. They will not let any fruit ripen in a tree and come to houses where there are old people and terrorize them. I am neither for nor against shipping them to China or anywhere else but Sri Lanka needs to control the population of these animals. ( I dont just mean Rilawas but also elephants leopards etc.)

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    Easy to put on different hats – from Marxism to Wokeism – today in the post-ideological world, eh?
    .
    “From Covid to Blackface on TV, China’s Racism Problem Runs Deep”
    .
    https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/02/18/covid-blackface-tv-chinas-racism-problem-runs-deep
    .
    “Racism Is Alive and Well in China.
    The problem is decades old, but some Chinese are trying to do something about it.”
    .
    https://thediplomat.com/2020/04/racism-is-alive-and-well-in-china/

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