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SC Says Need Licence For Animal Sacrifice

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.

animal sacrifice_CIThe appeal lodged by the aggrieved Kovil authorities were accordingly dismissed.

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

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    This barbaric practice should be banned outright. The poosariyas can visit their local Cargills to get their meat fix instead :D

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      Siva Sankaran Sarma Menon

      What a brilliant exposure on animal ritual sacrifice.

      Please keep educating the masses, on goodness of vegetarianism.

      We are right behind you.

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        Siva Sankaran Sarma and Native Vedda,

        Siva Sankaran Sarma has given away his concealed identity:

        He says, “poosariyas”. No Tamil uses such a word as there isn’t any.
        Therefore, most probably he is a Sinhalese.

        About animal sacrifice why such a fuss in the comments? There are so many irrational things going on in the name of various religions.

        Besides that, the Sri Lankan Supreme Court has abdicated its most important functions, is now resorting to trivial matters. What else can these miserable pliant fellows do?

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      Is there any limit to sheer stupidity & cruelty against helpless animals? All in the name of this or that religion or belief. By none other than idiots, praying for a free Mercedez Benz etc.

      I cannot help, but post Frank Sinatra’s views on organized religion. He was decades ahead of his time. Read what he thoguht of religion already in 1963. A masterpiece of an interview:

      http://deadstate.org/frank-sinatras-views-on-organized-religion-were-decades-ahead-of-his-time/

      Cheers!

      CC: BBS monkeys & all other relavant parties.

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        Ben Hurling

        If you really want to stop this ritual slaughter send in Mervyn Silva and his merry men.

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          A ritual sacrifice of Mervyn & his ilk would be fine by me.

          If that would spare the lives of totally innocent Goats.

          Cheers!

    • 5
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      Do you know how butchers kill chicken, pigs, goats, and fish you eat in SL? Are there guide lines?
      Killing animal for physical needs (just to eat) and killing animals for spiritual needs? Is one better than other? Make your body stronger against heeling/comforting your consciousness..
      Best outcome could be Pusaris follow laws or guidelines (if exist in SL) of killing animal in their ritualistic practices and use the flesh of killed animals for physical needs, or just consume those dead bodies.……
      In the world, people still worship trees and mountains (bo trees and Smanala Kanda), there is no wonder that animal sacrificing rituals still exists…

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      RE: SC Says Need Licence For Animal Sacrifice

      “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.”

      ABSOLUTELY. IT IS A TRADE OF THE PRIESTS MASQUERADING UNDER RELIGION.

      Religion is a trade of the Priests, Monks , Mullahs and Ulemas.

      Caveat Emptor! Buyer Beware!

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      There is no shortage of people who believe in utter rubbish. Innocent animals often pay a horrendous price. Due to idiotic beliefs of two legged humans. Bogged in religious dogma.

      See below what they do in China to a bull. In the name of some sort of a religious tradition:

      http://www.petitionhub.org/China-Stop-The-Horrific-Sacrifices-At-Funeral-Services-t-251

      Awful!

  • 8
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    Justice for the goats, by the goats.

    The law used to be an ass, now it’s just a load of old bull!

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    “Saving poor Goats can cause dissension among Minorities.”

    Muslims traditionally are the Butchers who supply red and white meat to our inhabitants.

    Even Cargills and John Keels who have taken over the supply of Meat Proteins to the Elite surely must be employing Muslim butchers because our Sinhala Buddhists are too chicken to kill animals..

    But Hindus killing Goats while worshipping their bigger cousins, Cows is puzzling to say the least.

    Even the Cows must be happy that the current SC saved their poor cuddly little cousins from those Poosari’s who are not licensed butchers.

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      India is the largest beef exporter in the world.

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      KAS,

      ‘Sinhala Buddhists are too chicken to kill animals.’

      They do not hesitate to kill humans though.

      I for one can’t decide which is the lesser or the evils.

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    Slaughtering of animals should be done in a humane way .Whether people eat meat or not is their own free choice , but for God’s sake treat these harmless animals with some dignity .

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    Wonder whether the Butchers Ordinance defines slaughter of animals as one of the initial must-take steps in the meat trade? But as far as I know, animals are sacrificially slaughtered not to sell their meat to the public.

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    Munneswaram and Cargills make no difference when it come to Meat.
    You don’t get your piece of flash without the animal being butchered.
    In Munneswaram you see that and in Cargills (or any other super market) you don’t but the process is nearly the same.
    Recently I had an opportunity fly with well known animal rights activist whom I saw was ordering a lamb meal.
    Something cannot be changed that you call it ‘Nature’ or ‘God’s Will’.

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      Was is Lamb Rojanjosh or Herb Crusted Lamb Cutlets !!!!!

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    The flesh and bones of the slaughtered animals are sold later and the sale is eagerly awaited by devotees.
    Thus,there appears to be no difference between these killings and those done in abbotairs, except the place where the slaughter is done.

    The court has not outlawed the killings but has made it legal – the ruling appears to allow them if permission is obtained beforehand, like in the case of slaughters in abbotairs, going on daily.

    Temple premises maintained well are much more cleaner than the premises of abbotairs in Colombo which are dirty and foul smelling – all body parts including hooves are sold to buyers,even skins which are processed after purchase for manufacture of various items.

    Abbotairs in western countries are in purposely planned and erected buildings where the carcases hang on hooks after slaughter on overhead conveyer belts which move slowly and each of a row of aproned gloved masked workers does one job on each as the bodies move past them.
    Food Inspecters are present and watch & take samples if necessary, and also condemn parts of, or whole carcases, which are promptly removed for incineration.
    Whether permission for slaughter in temples – if cleanly done,as happens – will be given by government veterinary/public heath authorities, is quite another matter.

    Ethical coniderations of slaughters in temples – done worldwide – can be endlessly debated.
    Man is a carnivorous animal and needs flesh of living beings for food.

  • 4
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    Is there a license for innocent Human Sacrifice?

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    Animals too have a right to live. What right do we, the humans have to deny this basic right of the animals?

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    Barbarians.

    Ban this disgusting practice.

    Muslim animal slaughter is most humane and respectful to the animal.

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    Why sacrifice innocent goats and cows who have done no harm to anyone? Sri Lankan society can hugely benefit if some Poosari can come forward to sacrifice nice looking, young, fair skinned, fat, POLITICIAN offsprings. I suggest Namal Rajapakse as the initial sacrifice. Any comment?

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    I am not a vegetarian, but I disagree with animals being sacrificed to appease our God or in the name of his many manifestations, in our temples. It vitiates the Saivaite principle that God is everywhere including pillars and vegetable fibres . He will be in these animals too. Why should the temples be the places for such sacrilege, I of course see the world as a place where eating other lives , including plants, is a norm. Humans are also designed to be omnivorous.

    The manner in which the goats are garlanded and dressed in readiness for imminent death in the accompanying photograph is rather revolting and makes me question my own dietary habits. We humans are anyway bundles of contradictions. This comes from our evolutionary history.

    However, the rights and wrongs of this issue cannot be determined by the Supreme Court. The Tamil Hindus who practice sacrificial slaughter have to be educated through an internal discourse within the community. Those practicing sacrificial slaughter, should not feel aggrieved that their vows to the Gods, made for whatever reason cannot be fulfilled. They should understand that no God would favour such a practice. This may be a long process, but it has to unfold. They should learn not to make such vows.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Did the Hindus get Tuition to stop “Sati” in India….

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      As a Hindu, I am for a review of this animal sacrifice issue – in line with modern evolution and the new emphasis on laws governing cruelty to Animals. The Sanathana Dharma tradition (a.k.a Hinduism) will lend itself to flexibility as in many other issues like Sati.

      But with due respect to the decision of the 3 SC Judges, I wonder whether the decision to order the Temple authorities to get a Butchers Licence will solve the problem. A Butcher, by the definition of his trade, sells the meat and, therefore, a trade licence here appears to be rational. Whereas a Hindu Temple does not. To involve a Hindu Temple with a Butcher’s Licence also can cough up other complications. It will be good to hear readers’ views.

      Kettikaran

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      In relation to the above comment, I give herewith the link to an interesting article on ‘Treatment of animals in Hinduism’:

      http://www.hinduwebsite.com/hinduism/essays/animals.asp

      This article provides a very readable account of how animals are regarded in Hinduism, including the practice of sacrificial slaughter. Hinduism is not a monolithic religion but encompasses within its fold many belief systems and philosophies that are linked by some common beliefs. Further, animal sacrifice is a ancient custom that is linked to our common origins and is found in many communities across the world and in many religions. I found an article on animal sacrifice in the Bible, during a Google search on the subject.

      Human were also sacrificed in some communities(eg. Incas), including Hindus. Blood sacrifices to our God/s are a waning phenomenon, though we yet continue to sacrifice millions of lives in wars that are fought to satisfy the ambitions, egos, narrow mindedness, tribalism, greed and selfishness of men, who are the Rakshasas of the present day. Count the blood thirsty Rakshashas in our midst, parading as our leaders, politicians, priests and theoreticians.

      Dr.RN

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        Dr Narendran,

        Do you have to dig up archaic Incas to justify your 21 Century fellow Hindus killing poor Goats to please their Gods?.

        And then bring the Rajapaksyas to the equation to make them look like old Inca worriers.

        Brahamins, the pure Hindus I am told are total Vegans.

        So these Poosaris in Munneswaram can’t be the real deal.

        This looks to me like a very fragmented religion with different tribes doing their own thing from total Vegetarianism to absolute blood sport, of killing Goats and, Chooks as sacrificial offerings and selling the meat.

        Wonder whether the HR Brigades who harp on our Sinhala Buddhists and their monks for doing bad things , have noticed this cruelty to innocent animals, which is not allowed in their own countries in the West.

        Sinhala Buddhists monks may make hate speeches to score political points. But they wouldn’t dare to cut the throat of a chook let alone a goat.

        Just imagine how many more goats will be beheaded if the TNA gets full control of the North and until Dr Rajasingham embark on educating the Hindus .not to kill and be good boys.

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          Mr. Sumanasekera,

          Kashmiri Brahmins are not vegetarians.

          Further, I have not referred to the Rajapaksas. Why did they come to your mind?

          I will not get into a discuss discussion on Buddhist monks, because there are monks in robes and monsters in robes. I have known the ‘Real’ monks and I respect them very much.

          Please read the link I have provided to understand the relationship between God, man and animals in Hinduism.

          Further goats will continue to be beheaded as goat meat (wrongly called Mutton) is a much desired delicacy among Tamils. It is at the center piece of the Sunday lunch.

          Dr.RN

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            Barbaric!

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            Dr Narendra,

            Don’t know about the Brahamins, But Kashmiri Biryani is top notch…

            So TNA dudes eat Mutton curry every Sunday..

            At LKR 1000 a kilo , bones included, is a pretty hefty price for a protein hit.

            After all if your mates can afford that how can you justify to the new HR Commissioner that you are doing it tough?.

            Doughie’s followers probably don’t have this luxury… Would they ?…

            Probably the price keeps our Sinhala Buddhists including our great Goat Lover Dr Mervyn away than their love for goats.

            By the way , at LKR 500 a pop, Goat curry at Rolex next to Arpico in Wellala Gardens is pretty good value. and gives excellent bang for the buck too in taste, with their Jaffna curry paste,.

            Wonder whether our new TNA Breakaway Vellala Anandasagaree has a Policy framework to save the Goats from Kashmiri Brahamins in Muneswaram?..

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              .
              What is better? Goat meat or Dog meat?

              Because Sumane’s Dalit Uncle Gota likes Dogs.

              :-)

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              Mr.Sumanasekera,

              Talking of goats , when a few goats are placed among a flock of sheep, the goats automatically take the leadership role. They head the flock and the sheep follow them. We have plenty of goats in Sri Lanka leading the sheep flocks belonging to various communities. In the human instance instance the goats eat the sheep that docilely and unquestioningly follow them.

              Enjoy your mutton curry from the Rolex restaurant. The authentic dish made in a Vellahla Jaffna home is much better! It is leaner( much less fat) and healthier too. Further, the ingredients in the Jaffna curry powder mix, with plenty of cumin seed powder makes the dish also medicinal. Living in Vellahla Gardens ( Wellawatte), I am sure you have also noticed the Vellahlas also eat plenty of healthy vegetables in their food. The Velahlas indeed have many tricks up their sleeve about eating good and healthy food. You have to learn these skills from the Vellahla before he becomes diluted and then possibly extinct.

              Dr.RN

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        Dr. R.N. – Thank you for the link.

        It was reported on that occasion when the Hon’ble Minister Mervin Silva intervened and saved some sacrificial goats, these goats were taken by his security and staff on the way to Colombo – mostly from the underworld – who had slaughtered some of the animals and feasted with the inevitable accompanying arakku
        (pol, gal and kasippu) – and what else? For smoking, that is.

        What a strange country and stranger characters we are fated to live with.

        Kettikaran

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          Kettikaran,

          ” What a strange country and strange characters we are fated to live with”.

          To use the language appropriate to the subject under discussion, ‘We are a nation of timid sheep led by criminal goats who deserve to be slaughtered in public places’ . Where can we obtain a licence for this noble task? However, can we the ever timid sheep ever get angry enough to do this?

          A people who cannot react enough to defend justice and democracy, do not deserve both. We are though like timid sheep, are being dressed up like the goats in the accompanying picture, for eventual slaughter of everything decent in us.

          Dr. RN

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    It is so impossible to fathom out, that now I am now wondering if there are spirits in the other world waiting to eat meat…..no, if one gets those fancies, better to offer the vegetarian dana to the Buddha I think.

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    Laws should have some sense.

    Ban this killing ritual.

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      Jim softy

      Ban eating birds, animals, and seafood.

      Ban drinking alcohol.

      Ban smoking cigar, cigarette, bheedi, weed, ……

      Ban politicians importing drugs

      Ban slaughtering of people

      Ban rape

      Ban all taverns and bars, start temperance movement

      Ban yourself from typing stupid comments.

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        NV
        Oye Ojaye
        classic
        Your kind of people- vedda
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOMYO_TWTKI

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          Javi,

          That dude in the middle in full Abo attire , waving the Axe over the head and backing up our Christian Pop Idol must be our mate Native Vedda .

          Although I am not a fan of Perera , i watched it because of our Dambana Boys doing Sinhala pop.

          But I love watching our Manoharan specially the Anuradapuram and Pollonaruwa song.

          Poor guy I believe has gone backto the original Homeland.. May be your Vellala mates don’t buy his CDS.

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    Ritual slaughter is right up there among the cruelties of man, along with murder, female genital mutilation and racism. When will we ever learn?

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    Forget politics and every thing here. We are talking about another life.

    Ask them to ban killing.

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      I did not know you were a vegetarian.

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    Sacrifice the ritual killers.

    Gods will be very happy.

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      “Sacrifice the ritual killers.”

      Once you are right!!!

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    Do we need a licence to plunder the country? Yes, we do. We call them voters.

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    I wish the barbaric practice of killing Tamils and Muslims are also given the same significance by these three stooges – Mohan Peiris, Rohini Marasinghe and Sarath De Abrew.

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    It sounds scandalous and even mischievous to ask for a butcher’s licence for performing a “worship” ritual, when goats and even cows are killed at homes for the purpose. A special licence should be implemented instead and worded only by those who do not eat any flesh and who still understand the merit of sacrifice; not by insensitive flesh eaters and hate mongers.

    Goat sacrifice is at least as old as Abraham/Ibrahim if not older among murugan worshippers. The scape goat replaced child sacrifice in the Abrahamic religions. Child sacrifice still happens in some places and used to be done for the worship of Shiva in Jaffna till the British banned the practice.

    The Christian church uses wafers and wine for the “pangu” or dividing the sacrifice among family members, the required life having been given up for all times in place of all sacrifices. A pattern has replaced the actual killing.

    The idea of sacrificing on behalf of the people is good in that it is an acknowledgement of our imperfectness before God, and therefore should not be ridiculed like this by a nation of meat-eaters. Some sensitivity should be practiced in such cases so as not to alienate groups.

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    Sacrifice that human animals who are sacrificing poor creatures at the altar of the FAKE GOD .

    Cheers

    Abhaya

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    Why there is a big fuss about killing animals in public. What will happen to those animals if they are not killed in public, they will be killed out of the site of public. If we talk about cruality, we have to stop eating meat – we have killed many humans at mullivaikal and also JVP brothers in the south and we celebrated with kiribath. When people started to stone a prostitute Jeesas asked to stone only genuine men and no one stoned. Why can’t be take the killing this way, if we sacrifice animals in public, at lease a small percentage of the public may stop eating meat after witnessing the cruality. We all eat meat, thinking it is just plucked from a tree – so stupidity. Which ever way you kill, it is sin, there is no good killing or bad killing.

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    Dr.Rajasingham, glad you are a doctor-medical or otherwase-. I thing the comments to be appriciated from the quality not from the persons title. I am sure many people commenting here have 100s of qualifications behind them but it is not very civilised to publish as this is not a job interview.Sorry for mentioning because old generation tamils have this type of weakness, adressing cast, job title, family background –. I have to be me not resting on others. Sorry again.

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    Three goats who should definitely have their throats slit are the judges who gave this verdict.

    Instructing Hindu temple authorities to obtain a butcher’s licence in orde to conduct religious rituals that have been going on for over a 100 years is a gratuitously offensive and insulting thing to do. Very cynical too.

  • 1
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    Only vegetarians have the moral authority to condemn the killing of animals for whatever reason. Meat eaters just shut up and wait!

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    Is it so difficult understand that all these goats and cows which are being killed are people who killed animals in the prior life as per Buddhist rebirth logic ? (probably 70 or 80 years ago)
    Isn’t it reasonable then that these animals are killed ?

    I think best way for lankan Buddhist to increase their numbers is stop killing animals and people, so that all of them will be born human again, multiplying their number within 20 years.

    Make sure you leave some marker on “facing the book” so when u come back u can look your self up. What a wonderful world !

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