Sagala assures will push for Animal Welfare Bill

Minister of Ports and Shipping Sagala Ratnayake assured he will push for the Animal Welfare Bill following an incident in Negombo where a dog was set on fire.

Ratnayake condemned the crime and supported calls for justice for the animal which died from the burn injuries it suffered.

Animal rights activists said that the Labrador named Charlie was burnt alive in Negombo by trespassers on a private property this week.

Vets had made attempts to save the life of the dog which suffered extensive burn injuries but the animal had died.

“I strongly condemn the despicable crime committed on . As a lawmaker, I will do everything in my power to enact the Animal Welfare Bill to replace current 1907 law. I urge all MPs to support this and do justice to who paid the ultimate price for human cruelty,” Ratnayake tweeted.

He also said that he supports a protest to be staged opposite Temple Trees tomorrow (Saturday) demanding justice for the dog. (Colombo Gazette)

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