Sri Lanka Conflict Over Animal Sacrifice

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Sri Lanka Conflict Over Animal Sacrifice

A sacrificial killing of 300 goats and 500 chickens is scheduled for August 25, 2010 and according to the Sri Lankan Constitution these sacrificial killings are illegal, however the government has not yet taken action against this, calling it a tradition.

From TOPS.lk, 8/23/10

The All Ceylon Hindu Congress (ACHC) expressed astonishment over on animal sacrifice due to take place in Munneswaram Pathirakaliammam Kovil in Chilaw August 25.

“Such an act of sin can be committed only by those who do not know our religion. Our religion treats even animals as the children of His Almighty and not only killing of animals, but even any cruelty to animals cannot be tolerated in the precincts of a Hindu Temple,” it said in a press release issued last Thursday.

It appealed to all concerned not to be misguided and to cancel the proposed animal sacrifice on the August 25.

The ACHC also urged all authorities to take action to stop this unwarranted and wrongful act.

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From Srilankawatch.com - 8/23/10

Animal sacrifice will take place

The animal sacrifice of the Kali Kovil in Chilaw is to take place on Tuesday (25) despite protests from Buddhist monks and other religious organizations. Temple’s chief priest says that the sacrifice had been taking place for generations and would continue to be held this year. He claimed that people brought animals to the temple to be ‘sacrificed’ to the ‘Pathirakaliyamman’ Goddess.

Apart from National Buddhist Monks association, the all Ceylon Hindu Congress (ACHC) also condemned the planned animal sacrifice. Suntharam Kurukkal, however, said there was no reason for organization to oppose this act, as it had been in practice for a long time. He rejected allegations that the temple was misleading the people by making them to do this.

Further he said “This practice has been going on for the past 13 generations. The animals will be offered to the Goddess and the meat will be given to the people. I see no reason for some to oppose the ritual,” .

ACHC general secretary Kandiah Neelakandan in a press statement said “Our religion treats even animals as children of His Almighty and not only killing of animals, but even any cruelty to them cannot be tolerated in the precincts of a Hindu temple.”