Shame on you Sunday Island Editor
Posted on May 26th, 2013

Christine Perera

The Sunday Island editorial is shameful and resonates why the Buddhists are angry. When a monk self-immolates himself in protest against cattle slaughter “”…” what does the Editor of the Sunday Island say “”…” “why only cattle” using his pen and his ability to reach out to the people who buy the island newspaper and belittle the sacrifice made by a Buddhist monk who gave up his life for a cause. Is this editor so naƒÆ’†’¯ve to not connote cattle with all animals “”…” does he think that the monk can mention every living animal to meet the criteria of the Sunday editors sympathy and that too on Wesak? Such editors are unsuitable to carry out their duty and is a perfect example of how the English newspapers are using their medium to humiliate and denigrate the majority Buddhists of Sri Lanka.

The monk did what he did because the current legislation in place has not sufficiently addressed the animal welfare.

The Government cannot allow a sacrifice to go in vain because it wants to court the minorities for their votes and we wonder how many minority votes lead MPs into power. Realistically not many. It is always the Buddhists that put politicians to power. Politicians may well do to remember this. to be

The Government owes it to the Buddhists to enact the animal welfare bill in MEMORY of this monk who gave up his life to save the animals being slaughtered in Sri Lanka. 5000 cattle are slaughtered EVERY DAY “”…” calculate that into a month and a year!

Buddhists must demand the enactment of cattle slaughter from the Government without delay.

 

 

12 Responses to “Shame on you Sunday Island Editor”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Yes. Now’s the time to bring it on.

    They BANNED PORK in parliament jus to please 9% of the population. Why not ban cattle slaughter to please 85% of the population?

    A Jihadist’s BEEF CURRY more important than the LIFE of a Buddhist monk?

  2. Senevirath Says:

    divaina the sinhala paper is different from the island. there are complaints from sinhalayas that island editor is betraying upali chinthanaya.. Editor”s “”BANDHUTWAYA””” is to non sinhalese…..

  3. Marco Says:

    I read the Island editorial and i must say it was rather mild for the author to take offense.
    In any case, i’m not sure why the author castigates the politicians in seeking the votes of vegetarians!!!

  4. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    THE VENERABLE SANGHA GAVE HIS LIFE FOR A CAUSE. JUST BEFORE HE IMMOLATED HIMSELF, HIS PLEA WAS ” PLEASE STOP CATTLE SLAUGHTER “. IF THE POLITICIANS IGNORE THIS REQUEST, THE LAW OF KARMA WILL BE AT THEIR DOOR STEP BEFORE LONG. OF LATE, POLITICIANS DO NOT CARE FOR MAJORITY SINHALA BUDDHIST CONCERNS. THE 13TH AMENDMENT IS ONE SUCH CONCERN, WHICH THE MINISTER YAPA, RESOLUTELY SAID, THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT ABROGATE THE 13TH AMENDMENT, NOR ALTER IT CONSTITUTIONALLY. LET US WAIT AND SEE THE MALADY THAT AWAITS THEM.

  5. mjaya Says:

    Banning cattle slaughter had been a request from Sinhalese Buddhists since the days of Ven. Anagarika Dharmapala.

    It culminated with the sacrifice of a noble Buddhist Monk. Unlike the self immolators of Toilet Nadu who killed themselves (a good riddance indeed) for barbaric LTTE terrorists, this noble human being gave his life to save the lives of countless animals slaughtered in the most brutal manner.

    As I have always emphasized, if you put the cultural (for Sinhalese Buddhists not eating beef is a cultural thing, being an ancient agrarian society where the cow was the center of agrarian life) and religious (Hindus don’t eat beef due to religious reasons) reasons aside, Sri Lanka has a huge economic benefit to gain by not slaughtering cattle which is saving billions of rupees a year in milk imports.

    For those who ask “why not other animals?”, the answer is simple, we can START from cattle. Being a vegetarian has immense health benefits (I think Nalliah Thayabaran and others will elaborate on that) so let this be the beginning…

  6. sridaran Says:

    Cows have been treated as sacred animals by us Hindus down the ages , and ‘Maattu Pongal ‘ is the occasion when these Cows and Bulls are given pride of place and celebrated. Successive govts. have not looked at banning cattle slaughter seriously. Now, this buddhist monk has made the supreme sacrifice !! But was it necessary to take this extreme step ? Human life is priceless – and he good have dedicated his life to the service of the nation rather than extinguishing it in one go . He could have used other means to put forth his point – like going on an indefinite fast or satyagraha . Is his self immolation going to wake up our politicians from their deep slumber ??

  7. ranjit Says:

    We feel very sad on hearing and seeing this unhappy incident on the vesak day. Anyway I hope our Govt.will do something for the benefit of the majority. We the buddhist majority must sit together and discuss this subject without hurting others how to do it.The Govt simply cannot take a decision in a hurry because of this incident happened. Banning slaughtering of cows is a wish of every Buddhist in the country.The Govt must always go with the majority as our country is a buddhist country.

    Island newspaper editors are always working for the interest of our enemies so this is not a suprise for me. I will not spend my hard earned money to buy this shit paper. This newspaper is good for Idiots like Ranil and clan.

  8. Christie Says:

    May the Venerable Monk attain Nibbana.
    According to ist percept taking life is not a good act, be it your own or others.
    According to Buddhism I learnt when i was young sucide is not an approved act like in Hindinism. In Hindunism a widow has to commit suicide by jumpimg in to the funeral pire of the husband.
    Buddhism does not approve suicide for any reason and I am sure Buddha has said that monks should not commit suicide as they are to carry on with the teachings.
    India is the worlds leading exporter of beef today.
    Buddhism does not prohibit eating of meat let alone beef. The milk most of us drink comes from overseas mainly from New Zealand not from the cows here.
    Stray cattle is a problem in Sri Lanka. I cannot grow any manioc because of stray cattle that roam around the village.
    I read a lot of comments in the WWW and local news papers and I feel sory for myself and others. We are being lead by the Indian hedgemonism and brainwashing.

    Please be realistic and think of our heritage. We are meat eaters for forty thousand years.

  9. dingiri bandara Says:

    I have mentioned this before. There are Buddhists who eat beef.The first step to stop cattle slaughter is for the Buddhists to stop consuming beef , the second is to stop selling cattle for slaughter. It is up to the Buddhist clergy and the organizations to start a non violent campaign.

  10. Senevirath Says:

    ranjit
    island paper was not bad earlier.i think now there is one “”” sahabandu”””” who is going against. upali chinthanaya. Owners have to take action

  11. Caesar Says:

    My heartfelt and sincere thanks and hats off to your explicit statement of truth, nothing but truth. The ruling politicians who are enthrones them selves now, were elected and sent there by Sinhela Buddhist majority, but now they are satisfying the minority like Jihadists Hakim, Azat Sallay, Ahsraff and even TNA by going to give them the Elaam on a platter.

    We will not let them dance too long! We have Sinhela blood that is boiling now!

  12. Voice123 Says:

    After the meat issue, discouraging alcohol consumption should also be considered.

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