September 9, 2020
Sri Lanka to ban cattle slaughter
Sri Lanka's parliament passed a law to ban cattle slaughter in the country, proposed by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, EconomyNext Sri Lanka reported.
Cabinet spokesperson and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella was referenced in the media citing the Prime Minister's proposal to ban cattle slaughter.
However, Prime Minister office sources told EconomyNext that no formal proposal was filed with regard to banning the slaughter of cattle in Sri Lanka, and no cabinet papers were submitted to enforce the ban.
Beef consumption is prohibited among the Buddhists and Hindus in Sri Lanka, with Buddhist monks who support Sri Lanka's Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) have pressured ruling governments to outlaw cattle slaughter in the country.
The ruling SLPP draws support from the country's majority Sinhala-Buddhist people and has said that it doesn't need to attract support from minority groups to retain the government.
- EconomyNext Sri Lanka