Sri lankan government has approved the proposal to ban cattle slaughter on Tuesday in the island nation. Though, the Cabinet has decided to import beef and provide it at a concessionary price to people who consume it. Cabinet spokesman and Mass Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella also added that, legalizing the decision would be done in due course.
It is to be noted that On September 8, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s proposal to ban cattle slaughter in the country was approved by the parliamentary group of the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Permuna (SLPP).
The Cabinet further informed that, it will take immediate necessary steps to adapt the Animal Act, the cattle slaughter ordinance and other related laws and regulations currently in force in the country. Along with this, he also stated that, a programme will also be launched for the animals that are ageing and cannot be used for the agriculture purposes.
While approving the proposal, The Cabinet said, “As a country with the economy based on the agriculture, the contribution of the cattle resource to develop the livelihood of the rural people of Sri Lanka is immense”.