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* A bill in Sri Lanka parliament to prohibit cattle slaughter
Friday, January 30, 2009, 14:47 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka ruling party parliamentarian Wijedasa Rajapaksha, who acts as an independent member in the House today handed over a Private Memberís Bill to the Speaker over the prohibition of cattle slaughter.

In his bill MP Rajapaksa pointed out that the slaughter of cattle in Sri Lanka is a breach of the first line of the five precepts in Buddhism.

He also said that Jesus Christ was born in a sheep's stable which conveyed a strong message that people shall treat animals in a compassionate manner.

The MP requested the parliament to enact the bill which outlines the following among others: No person shall slaughter or be the cause to slaughter any cattle. No person shall sell or expose for sale or be the cause for the sale or have in possession or transport the flesh of any cattle slaughtered in Sri Lanka. No person shall aid or abet to commit any act as set-out in sections 2 and 3 above.

Any person who is guilty of an offence committed under section 2, 3 and 4 of this Act shall be liable, on conviction after a summary trial before a magistrate, to an imprisonment of either description for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding Rs. 50,000 or to both such imprisonment and fine, MP Wijedasa Rajapaksa proposed to the House.

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