Author Archive for Senaka Weeraratna

Mink Holocaust in Denmark raises moral issues and draws public attention to the cruel fur industry

Friday, November 13th, 2020

Senaka Weeraratna The Rights of Human Beings (Human Rights) and the Rights of Sentient Beings (Siyalu Sathwayo) are two different concepts.  The Abrahamic religions place a heavy emphasis on Human Rights to the almost total exclusion of any moral attention being given to the rights and interests of other sentient beings. Buddhism, in contrast, together […]

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Is there space in our moral universe for inter – species fellowship and justice?

Friday, November 6th, 2020

Senaka Weeraratna We are all familiar with catchcries’ such as inter – faith dialogue and conferences and inter – ethnic peace talks and the like. This was being broadcast almost day and night as a panacea for all our mundane troubles ad nauseam, during the period of the previous Yahapalana Govt. Ever heard of Inter […]

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The Sanctity of Life

Friday, October 30th, 2020

Senaka Weeraratna The underlying basic premise of the Animal Rights movement is the regard for the sanctity of life. Sanctity of life of all living beings. This is highly regarded in Buddhism. Buddhism and Jainism (both Dharmic religions) see kinship with animals in the Sansaric journey.  One American Buddhist writer ( Norman Phelps) in his […]

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Multi – culturalism breeds conflict, sometimes leading to terrorism

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Senaka Weeraratna The fundamental duty of all people living in Sri Lanka is to live in harmony with each other and particularly in harmony with the pre- dominant religious culture and beliefs and not hurt the moral sensitivities of the majority, which has made the biggest contribution throughout history to the building of the country […]

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Multi – culturealism creates conflict sometimes leading to terrorism

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Senaka Weeraratna The moral obligation for all people living in Sri Lanka is to live in harmony with each other and particularly in harmony with the pre- dominant religious culture and beliefs and not hurt the moral sensitivities of the majority.  This requirement prevails in all Countries influenced by Abrahamic religions, especially in Islamic countries.  […]

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True Test of a Sri Lankan

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

Senaka Weeraratna The true test of a Sri Lankan is neither the waving of a Sri Lankan National flag nor the singing of the National Anthem nor the composing of Music for the YouTube such as ‘We are Sri Lanka’, but it is much more than that. It is the willingness to ensure that any […]

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Justice for Animals and Nature pledges fullest support to the ban on Cattle slaughter in Sri Lanka

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

Senaka Weeraratna Founder Member on behalf of Justice for Animals and Nature We wholeheartedly welcome the Government’s decision to ban the slaughter of cattle. We thank the President Hon. Gotabhaya Rajapakse and the Prime Minister Hon. Mahinda Rajapakse for taking this courageous step, and the Government Parliamentary Group for endorsing this move. It is inspiring […]

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Election Manifestos must carry commitment to protect Animals and take the cue from the objects of the ‘Justice for Animals and Nature’ organization

Friday, July 31st, 2020

by Senaka Weeraratna All major political parties must now recognize that animal welfare is a key issue for a growing number of voters in Sri Lanka and so it’s essential that they adopt sound, evidence-based policies in their Election manifestos. In a country which takes pride in proclaiming that it has the longest uninterrupted history […]

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We must grieve for the impending victims of mass slaughter on Hadj Festival Day

Monday, July 27th, 2020

Senaka Weeraratna   We grieve for dead Leopards, dead elephants while remaining mum and in total silence over the impending mass slaughter of innocent animals during Hadj  festival beginning tomorrow i.e. July 28. Millions of animals are killed all over the world in the name of religion with none so poor to say in public that […]

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Today July 02, 2020 – 21st Death Anniversary of Asoka Weeraratna ( Ven. Mitirigala Dhammanissanti Thera)

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

Senaka Weeraratna Asoka Weeraratna’s contribution to the spread of Buddhism in Germany (A Foreword to a Booklet published in year 2000 entitled ‘ The Necessity for Promoting Buddhism in Europe’ by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi being the Keynote Address delivered at a Public Seminar held on July 2, 2000 at the Mahaweli Centre Auditorium in Colombo […]

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An Appeal to Buddhists- Strive to become Vegetarians at least in the month of Vesak

Friday, May 1st, 2020

by Mrs. M. Weeraratna Note  This article was written by Mrs. Muriel Weeraratna in 2017 under the title ‘Buddhists must become vegetarians in the month of Vesak’ . She passed away on October 21, 2019 at the age 98 years (40 days days short of her 99th birthday anniversary). The views expressed in the article based on a […]

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Crows have a Right to glide the skies and roam freely in any part of Sri Lanka

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Senaka Weeraratna Arahant  Mahinda in his very first encounter with King Devanampiyatissa at Mihintale 2300 years ago delivered an invaluable piece of advice to the King: He said: “Oh! Great King, the birds that glide the skies and animals that roam the forests have an equal right to live and move about in any part […]

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A MORAL LESSON FROM THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

Senaka Weeraratna What we do to animals ruthlessly and brutally the Coronavirus is doing likewise to humans, generating so much fear, alarm and anxiety. Do humans deserve pity, when we have no pity for innocent animals, who are eternal victims of our cruelty and inhumanity?    Senaka Weeraratna

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Japan’s role in Sri Lanka gaining independence

Sunday, February 2nd, 2020

By Senaka Weeraratna (Note: Mr. Senaka Weeraratna, Attorney – at – law, delivered the keynote address at a Symposium held on the premises of the Japanese Parliament (Conference Room No. 101 of the Diet) on 14th November, 2018 on the topic titled ‘ Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbour ignited the liberation of Asia from Western […]

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