The Supreme Court today in a judgement delivered with regard to the Munneshwaram Kovil animal sacrifice said that, ‘ritualistic’ animal sacrifice is “trade” within the Butchers ordinance and therefore the Kovil authorities need a license if they are to continue with the annual sacrifice.
The Bench comprising Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, Rohini Marasinghe and Sarath De Abrew gave the judgement this afternoon in front of a packed courthouse.
Mohan Pieris delivering the judgement said that religion doesnt make an exception to the law and that the Kovil authorities could only continue with animal slaughter having obtained a butchers license.
The Judgement could cause dissension among religious minorities in the country,which include the Muslims who partake in animal sacrifice during the period of ‘Haj’.
The Munneshwaram Kovil slaughter had been continuoulsy taking place for over a century prior to the intervention of Minister Mervyn Silva and thereafter by hardline Buddhist monks