Stop vain slaughter of Animals to make sacrifices at Munneshwaram, and to celebrate Bakr-Eid.
Posted on August 19th, 2013

 By Charles.S.Perera

Not because  Sri Lanka is a Buddhist Country that  slaughter of animals as religious sacrifice should stop, but any where in the world killing of animals for religious purposes to satisfy a God or a deity is savage, and meaningless, and no God will be honoured to have animals being killed as a Sacrifice for him.

The God of the Bible wanted blood sacrifices and peace sacrifices and  the people of Israel made these sacrifices at the Tabernacle and the Arc of God. Bible is full of such sacrifices carried out to satisfy the God . After 516BC the Jews made sacrifices only at the temple in Jerusalem.

Jews eventually evolved their religious practices, and built Synagogues the Centres of  Jewish teaching and later of worship.  After the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in AD  70,  the Jewish ritual of sacrifices came to an end.  Their belief system evolved around the Synagogue and savage uncivilized animal sacrifice became history.

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Of the three Abrahamic religions  Judaism, Christianity and Islam.  Jews and Christians have become  civilized people and stopped making animal sacrifices to their God. It is still the followers of Islam that are savage and uncivilized  and continue to make animal sacrifices in celebrating their religious festivals such as Bakr Eid.

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In India .. the All India Muslim Personal Law Board vice-president and Shia cleric Maulana Syed Kalbe Sadiq, in a statement said “It is my appeal to Muslims to completely restrain from sacrificing the cow on the Eid-ul-Azha. India is our country and we should respect the feeling of Hindu brethren who are in the majority.”

Will the Muslims in Sri Lanka listen to this wise man’s appeal ?

 

Now in India apart from the Muslims, the Hindus as well make animal Sacrifices. In India it has taken a most savage turn.  Thousands of animals are being killed for religious rituals.  The absurdity  of these sacrifices apart from their savage inhuman aspect is said to be the  sacrifice of various animals of different sizes not so much as a religious ritual but as a show of  riches and social standing.

 “As affluence in India rises, more and more larger animals such as bovines, camels and increasingly horses are slaughtered to show the “ƒ”¹…”status”ƒ”¹…” of the person making the sacrifice. Slaughter was symbolic and never meant to be a status parade that it has become.”

 These slaughter of animal attracts large number of  devotees who bring  their animals for slaughter, and it looses any sanctity when the slaughter becomes an amusement, “.. it is increasingly common to see the “ƒ”¹…”spectacle’ of animals slaughtered publicly for the amusement of those witnessing the slaughter.”

Despite the laws prohibiting slaughter of animals in India, there are vast number of illegal ritual slaughters.

In Sri Lanka too there is such a savage slaughter of animals in Munneshwaran Kovil in Chilaw.  On the 25 August, 2010,  300 goats and 600 chicken had been slaughtered , this despite the Cruelty to Animals Ordinance.

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There is a news item today that the Munneshwaran Kovil is now preparing for their annual ritual of animal slaughter.  It is therefore high time that the Government leaves aside its lackadaisical attitude and issue strong instructions to stop the slaughter of animals as sacrifices, warning those who incite killing and those who bring animals for sacrifice liable to be charged under the relevant laws.  The Government should not hesitate stop this most inhumane, uncivilised, and barbaric move on the grounds of hurting the sentiments of India, TamilsNadu or Tamils.

The Tamil terrorists slaughtered innocent men, women, and children for 30 long years until a determined President turned up to stop the savagery.  But why cannot this President, who defied the terrorists not stop the slaughter of innocent animals.

 There are those who bring in democracy to allow the slaughter of innocent animals on the ground that the people should have the freedom to worship according to their traditions.  But that should not be at the cost of the lives of innocent animals that cannot call out for help.

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Sri Lanka has a Buddha Sasana Ministry, which has become absolutely useless, unable even to decide matters on which they should pass laws. There was a bill once presented to stop  illegal conversion and to this day no one knows what has become of it.  In the mean time they are preparing to pass laws to prohibit publications defamatory of the major religions.  But more important issues are not touched because it fears antagonising the other religious faiths.

If that is how the Buddha Sasana Ministry functions it is better that the government scraps the Ministry altogether, saving a considerable sum of money as the Ministry actually serves no useful purpose.  If the Ministry is active it should not hesitate to  implement the Cruelty to Animal Ordinance, and stop the Munneshvaran Kovil from making its  intended slaughter of animals.  The Ministry should draw up legal documents  making it illegal to make animal sacrifices for religious or any other purpose.

There were human sacrifices in the  Aztec and Mesoamerican civilisations.  But after the conquest of these countries by Spanish Conquistadors  these human sacrifices were stopped.

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 In the present fear of the Government of Sri Lanka to  displease other countries and other religions  it is frightening to imagine  what the government of Sri Lanka would have done if  there is a  Community in Sri Lanka which makes humans sacrifices in the performance of their religious ceremonies.   The Government may perhaps not intervene not to displease the religious sentiments of that Community !!!

The false religious ceremonies of Munneshvaran Temple should be stopped in the name of humanity whether it hurts religious sentiments of those “savage” devotees or the rich trustees of the Kovil.

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In India there was Sati an ancient custom where the widow is burnt alive on the funeral pyre of the husband.  In 1987 India passed a law banning the practice of Sati.  But yet hey say there are reports of incidents of attempted Sati.  If it exists in Sri Lanka  what will the Government do ?  Will it shy away from banning such savagery or just close its eyes not wanting to hurt the religious sentiments of the devotees ?

These may sound absurd propositions, but is it not similar to what the government is doing in shying away from passing laws to stop slaughter of innocent animals as religious sacrifices ?

It is time that the Government takes a firm decision to stop the animal sacrifices by Muslims to celebrate Bakr Eid,  and stop animal slaughter by Munneshwaran Kovil   now and for ever.

If  human sacrifice by Aztecs  had been stopped, the Jews have stopped blood sacrifices, and Christians do not make any sacrifice of animals either ,  surely the Muslims could stop animal slaughter for their festivals,  and Munneshvaram Kovil can stop animal slaughter for Kali.

8 Responses to “Stop vain slaughter of Animals to make sacrifices at Munneshwaram, and to celebrate Bakr-Eid.”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Thank you Charles for the TIMELY article.

    This BARBARIC act will bring BAD LUCK to the nation.

    It MUST be STOPPED.

  2. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    SHAME !! I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS IS HAPPENING. WHERE THE HELL IS MERVYN SILVA. HE SAID HE WILL STOP THIS. WHERE IS THE LAW OF KARMA ?

  3. Lorenzo Says:

    What the govt. fails to realize is MOST devotees in Munneswaram vow for curses on the Rajapaksha family!!

    Continuing this barbaric sacrifice will bring bad luck, disaster, disease, cancer, heart disease on the Rajapaksha family.

    Just talk to some of these people honestly to know the truth who are getting ready for the annual cursing festivel.

  4. Sooriarachi Says:

    Sacrificing animals in this manner wont be tolerated in countries like the USA, Canada, Norway, Australia, UK, France etc. Why should it happen in Sri Lanka, a Buddhist country? Is not this too much of democracy? Why are the Ambassadors and High Commissioners from these countries, some of whom are ever ready to express their concern on events that would embarrass the Sri Lankan Govt, not releasing statements expressing concern for allowing animal torture like this by the Hindus and Muslims? Where are the animal rights activists, so concerned about inhuman killing of cattle and sheep in Muslim countries?

  5. Fran Diaz Says:

    Animal sacrifice are practices of low caste/Dalit origin people of India, in this case Tamil Nadu Tamil people, now in Sri Lanka. These outdated practices of animal sacrifice are banned in Tamil Nadu. Why not in Sri Lanka ?
    Never mind curses. We use rational thinking and our own ancient methods to protect ourselves. Besides there will be more BLESSINGS than curses when animal sacrifices are abolished. Right now CHOGM is in the way !

    Greece too had such pantheons of mini-gods as in teh Hindu religion and such practices as sacrifice in ancient times, thousands of years ago. They did away with such practices and got on with their lives to evolve to a better and more enlightened ways of living.

    Sinhela people ought to organise their lives to meet the Needs of Sri Lanka, Labor needs especially. Sad to say that it is Tamil Labor from Tamil Nadu that brings in many problems to Sri Lanka.

  6. Fran Diaz Says:

    Tamil Nadu has got that part right ! Here is an article on banning Animal Sacrifice in Tamil Nadu.

    AR-News:

    Tamil Nadu Bans Animal Sacrifice In Temples

    by Patricia Collier

    Posted on September 3, 2003

    Animal activists are applauding India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu for
    banning animal and bird sacrifices in temples.

    The government mandate was initiated by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who
    recently ordered a one-month holiday per year for temple elephants.

    Animal Sacrifice In Temples Banned

    She has also written to District Collectors, Superintendents of Police and
    range Deputy Inspectors-General, requesting no animals be killed in the name
    of gaining favor with gods.

    In her letters, Ms. Jayalalithaa reminded the officials of the Tamil Nadu
    Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1950, which banned such killings in
    temples and on their premises.

  7. Sunil Mahattaya Says:

    Animal slaughter whether it be sacrifice or for consumption is inhumane and disgusting the way it is done. Sacrificial killings as well as the slaughterhouse method are both in the end for consumption anyway.
    There should be no double standard inasmuch as the protection of Holy Cows in India is enforced where pigs, poultry, goats and lamb are exempt. If a more humane method of killing any animal for consumption where it dies instantly is used it would be justifiable perhaps in the minds of some and the double standard eliminated although it contravenes the teaching of the Noble Lord Buddha yet is in keeping with the acceptance by other faiths that it is justifiable to kill for food.

  8. Senevirath Says:

    WHICH GOD WANTS BLOOD AND FLESH FOR FOOD. IF THERE IS ONE HE SHOULD BE A DOG MISTAKEN AS A GOD

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