The Sri Lankan government gave its assent to a proposal to ban cattle slaughter in the country, a leading news daily said.
Consumption of beef is still legal in Sri Lanka however, only with the government deciding to import beef for those who consume it. The cabinet approved the proposal to ban cattle slaughter in the country adding that legalising the decision will happen in due course.
The Parliamentary Group of the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), on September 8 approved Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s proposal to ban cattle slaughter in the country. Furthermore, the Sri Lankan Cabinet will take the required measures to amend the Animal Act, the Cattle Slaughter Ordinance, and other related laws and regulations currently in force.
Along with importing beef and also providing it at a concessionary price for those who consume it, a program will also be launched for aging cattle which cannot be used effectively for agricultural purposes.
The Cabinet noted while approving the proposal said, “As a country with an economy based on agriculture, the contribution of the cattle resource to develop the livelihood of the rural people of Sri Lanka is immense.”