Sept 03, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court has said that the police have the power to stop animal slaughter if the required permits are not obtained.
The Court of Appeal held that the police have the power to stop the slaughtering of animals even for any ritual conducted in the guise of religious activities, if a permit in accordance with the Butchers' Ordinance to perform such an act has not been obtained by the relevant persons.
The court made these observations when a writ application filed by 14 petitioners including the Sri Bodhiraja Foundation, the Jathika Sangha Sammelanaya and animal rights activists Iranganie de Silva, Lalani Perera, Lorraine Bibile, Sharmini Ratnayake and Sagarica Rajakarunanayake was taken up for hearing.
The application before court stipulated that the annual animal sacrifice carried out at the Sri Bhadrakali Amman Kovil in Chilaw violates the provisions of the Butchers Ordinance and it should be stopped.
Justices Sisira de Abrew, Deepali Wijesundara and Sunil Rajapakse directed that the police have the power to stop the act of animal sacrifice or inspect any place that carries out such activities without a valid permit in accordance with the provisions of the Butchers' Ordinance.