SLPP approves proposal to ban cattle slaughter

By Vyshnavy Velrajh

The Parliamentary Group of the ruling party, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), today approved a proposal to ban cattle slaughter in Sri Lanka.

Cabinet Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told Colombo Gazette that at the SLPP Parliamentary Group meeting Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had said he hopes to ban cattle slaughter.

The Minister further said that all SLPP MPs who attended the meeting had commended the Prime Minister on the proposal.

“No official proposal was submitted by the Prime Minister, but he expects to put forth the proposal soon,” he said.

Minister Rambukwella further said the Prime Minister will decide when and how to formally submit the proposal to the cabinet to ban cattle slaughter.

If the proposal is approved by the cabinet and enforced the Government will look to import meat. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. The tide is towards a ban. So the govt has to listen. Beef is not a cheap poor mans meal. Good to get into the habit of eating vegetables like in many other countries – cheap and nutritious.

  2. Eating meat or not is a choice one makes. Who ever dont want to eat, dont eat. Shouldn’t take decisions considering one religion or race.

    “Don,t force your beliefs on everyone else.”

  3. Tourists visiting moslem countries do not get pork, bacon etc.
    It does not mean the tourists are abandoning these countries. They eat enough meat in their own countries. They visit countries for many other reasons. Whatever it is, this is a long overdue action. Hope the gift is serious about this proposal. Buddhists and Hindus should celebrate this.

    • Siva:
      There are middle eastern/Muslim countries that make available pork and pork products, just as they do alcohol. There are muslim countries in which the locals hunt wild pork for food.
      This is a multi-religious, multiethnic country. Shouldn’t we respect the food choices of non-Buddhist and non-Hindu citizens of this country? Besides, we all know there are beef loving Hindus and Buddhists in this country. Hence, it is really a matter of rights of individuals.
      It would be hypocritical to import beef when slaughtering is forbidden here. Did you know that India is the world’s biggest exporter of beef whereas it’s sac religious to eat beef in much of India?

  4. So, it’s okay to eat chicken fed with meat and bone meal and injected with hormones, but not cattle.

    Banning the slaughter of cattle will necessitate the importation of meat to satisfy the tourist market. Which means additional forex expenditure.

    If people don’t want to eat meat or drink alcohol on poya days, that’s their prerogative; but don’t force your beliefs on everyone else.

    • This is purely Racist, taking away the rights and freedoms of our citizens while targeting the poor and Muslims taking away their beef while the rich enjoy their imported beef….

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