Animal Sacrificial & Salughter in Sri Lanka
by a dismayed Buddhist
Thanks to Minister Dr. Mervin Silva hundred of innocent goats and chickens were saved from inhuman slaughter at Munneswaram temple recently, a ritual that has been continuing for centuries according to information available. Latest of the same, according to press another similar Animal sacrifice has been banned by Magistrate order in Puttalam area on this Friday 23rd Sept. 2011.
Over 2500 years, Sri Lanka had been a Buddhist country that respects all lives and animals are part of that too. Now we have entered in to 2600 “ Sri Sambudhathwa Jayanthi “ as well and various sects in the country are still practicing this inhuman act of animal sacrifice without scanty regard to the main stream Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
If such an act against the main stream religion of an other country was carried out it, would have been all out war in between, but taking ride or exploiting Buddhist way of tolerance and no violence, all those animal sacrifices are being done every day to irritate Buddhists.
As far as we are aware Hinduism is a non violence and against the killing of any lives, as Hindus say we are not supposed to kill or eat any thing that can walk, talk and hear means it covers all form of lives. If the Hinduism is so, then who does this animal sacrifice in Kovils is one question. We also have to accept the fact some Sinhala people who have blind belief are also taking part in these foolish acts.
The second question is, Muslims do sacrifice Cows and Goats specially on the occasion of Haj and more than that thousands of cattles are killed daily to satisfy their tongs, which practice they continue without any scanty regard to the main stream religion and Sinhala people is contrary to what they practice in Arabian gulf, where even non Muslim is penalized if he drinks and eat in public during Ramadan fast is just a one example of hundreds of laws that are practiced and forced on non Muslims as well. Once I myself have been harassed by Police for eating a Banana out side a grocery on a street, yet not during Ramadan fast. Later I came to learn that it depicts the male organ and women who see it get hot up it seems! How funny it is ? People who are working in Saudi Arabia knows very well how inhuman the laws there are.
In observations it is proved that Muslims in Sri Lanka are not killing Cows as a ritual alone, but also as a mark of disrespect and to irritate Buddhism and Buddhists while knowing that it hurts Buddhists.
If the laws in Arabia are as such and forces other to obey regardless of it applies to them or not, why cant we in Sri Lanka have a complete ban on Animal slaughter (At least on Cattle)
In other countries one has to be a Citizen by entering and absorbing to main stream culture even though maintaining their own religion as a private affair, and recent laws imposed in France are commendable preventing wearing of black veils and praying in public places.
Is Sri Lanka a place for every Tom, Dick and Harry to play around according to their Whims and Fancy? and is Buddhism to be allowed which is it’s main religion to be disregarded according to any other belief and ritual of alien? What do we Sinhala Buddhists deserve or left with, if we cannot have our own set of laws and conduct according to Buddhist principles, when other countries can impose their laws on every one living within the boundaries?
Dear Minister, Dr. Mervin Silva, please look in to this aspect as well. You will be blessed over samsara for saving innocent animal lives specially Cattles being said by Lord Buddha as special animals that co-exists with human providing its Milk as second mother, Dung to fortify cultivation, its labour to work in the paddy field, and after death its bones are pesticides to protect crop, yet it is also believed that Cattle are spending and paying for their Karma awaiting next birth as human. Thus this is a special animal of all, and every one should look in to this aspect.
Let those who wants to Eat Mothers meat, import it from Arabia or elsewhere paying their own money, but no Cattle bloodshed in this Buddhist Land please.
N.B. This post came to us as a response to our previous post:
හජ් වෙනුවෙන් අපිව ගොනාට ඇන්දීමට පුළුල් ඉස්ලාමීය වැඩසටහනක්