Petition update

Petition handed over and more!

Anoka Abeyrathne
Sri Lanka

Jan 31, 2019 — 

The petition calling for the immediate enactment of the Animal Welfare Bill to replace the outdated colonial era 1907 law was handed over to Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Development, P. Harrison yesterday. A group of citizens including Muditha, Shaun, Maleesha, Leon, Shenal, Sanjali, Akash, Danushan, Akash, Ranudi and petitioner Anoka were present at the handover and verbal commitment was gained to ensure the swift progress of the draft Animal Welfare Bill. Post the hearing we spoke of earlier, the draft Bill has been progressing well.

The Otara foundation added that ‘with 116,000 signatures (and counting), what started out as a simple petition, has become evidence of the increasing number of people in Sri Lanka who want the Animal Welfare Bill enacted. Since Sri Lanka’s animal cruelty law that is now in force is extremely weak and is insufficient to deal with the horrendous cruelty animals are exposed to, this Bill was prepared by the Law Commission and presented to the then President in 2006, as an effective deterrent to prevent such crime. However, obstructions coming especially from groups with vested interests and a lack of political will, has led to an inordinate delay of nearly fifteen years, in getting the Bill enacted. With eighteen animal welfare groups succeeding in drawing government attention to the Bill through a case filed in the Court of Appeal and the court itself monitoring the Bill’s progress, it is the duty of the government to give immediate attention to this Bill so that it could be presented in Parliament without further delay. This is the will of the people and heeding it is a must for our nation, especially in light of tourism and promoting Sri Lanka as a destination to visitors who prefer ethical destinations with humane treatment of animals.’

We are not done yet and we will keep you updated on the progress. Thank you for your faith and continuing support. We are currently 116000 strong!

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