Sri Lanka May Soon Ban Cow Slaughter, PM Rajapaksa, accepts the proposal – Insiderfolks, Sri Lanka could soon be prohibiting the slaughter of cows.
The ruling Sri Lankan Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), which secured a two-thirds majority in the parliamentary elections last month, has vowed to ban the slaughter of cows across the island country. Imports of beef are, however, approved.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa debated the matter with his SLPP Parliamentary Party on Tuesday.
Cabinet spokesperson and communication minister Keheliya Rambukwella was quoted in local media as saying that Rajapaksa had sent a request and that he had said that he “hoped to prohibit the slaughter of cattle.”
He was also quoted as saying that Rajapaksa must determine when to send the request to the government.
Rambukwell ‘s assertion was supported by a variety of official reports.
In the Buddhist-majority of Sri Lanka, over 99 percent of people are meat eaters. But the majority of Hindus and Buddhists are not consuming meat.
Influent Buddhist monks, mainly Rajapaksa-led SLPP, have pressurised successive governments to prohibit the slaughter of cows for religious purposes.
The SLPP, which derives much of its support from the Sinhala-Buddhist community, has publicly said that it does not need to quiet the religious or ethnic minority communities in order to achieve political influence.
Beef is routinely eaten by a minority of Muslims and Christians, especially those of European descent. Both these parties are not very prominent in the politics of the country, and they have not been courted by the ruling party in their election campaigns.
Sources in the Prime Minister’s office said, “There was no formal plan and no Cabinet guidelines were expected to enact such a ban in the near future.”
Two years earlier, the Tamil-dominated North saw demonstrations led by Hindus calling for a full ban on the slaughter of cows. Even in the Sinhalese-dominated Buddhist south of Sri Lanka, it produced strong support.
After the Easter bombings of April 2019, anti-Muslim feelings among the Sinhalese were growing stronger.
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