Recruiting unskilled animal catchers is unethical – Animal Rights Movements

Recruiting unskilled animal catchers is unethical - Animal Rights Movements
May 10, 2017
The Public Service Animal Rights Movements, addressing the media today, condemned the current decision of the Colombo Municipal Council to recruit unskilled persons to catch dogs and cattle.
Recently, the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) published an advertisement to externally recruit unskilled persons on casual basis to capture dogs and cattle in the Western Province.

The Public Service Animal Rights Movements, held a press briefing today (May 05) in Colombo at the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR) about this unethical move of the CMC.

Addressing the media Hasini Silva, secretary of the Alliance for the Protection of the Community Dogs said that it is essential to adhere to humane methods when reducing the dog population instead of killing the animals.

“Following the publishing of this advertisement we informed Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Faizer Mustapha. He was unaware of such a decision,” Silva added.

Explaining the current situation with recent examples, Silva said that removal of community dogs from the Sri Jayawardhanapura University premises also fall in to this inhumane practice and no one still know the fate of those animals.

“We have a solution to control the dog population and we urge and greatly appreciate if the government is ready for a joint effort with us,” she said.

Speaking at the press briefing, Convener of ‘Parapuraka balaya’ Chamara Nakandala said that as we all treat a dog as a part of the family it is important to treat them humanely.

Talking to Lanka News Web, Left Centre Co-convener questioned the government’s respect towards practicing ethical values of Buddhist teaching.

He said that it is contradicting for the Government to allow the CMC to take such a decision when the Government, during this Vesak season, has given a pledge to protect and practice teachings of the Buddhist philosophy.

“It is in this Vesak season that the government has allowed the CMC to take a decision to recruit dog and cattle catchers in order to get rid of these animals from the Colombo city. This is unethical and inhuman. Following several discussions animal welfare organisations had with Minister Mustapha in the aim of finding an amicable solution, the government agreed to support animal welfare organizations and collaborated with them,” he added.

“We are shocked to witness this current development and as citizens we doubt the government’s commitment to ethical and humane values,” said he.

He also commented about the adverse remarks made by Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka which stated that stray dogs, cattle and beggars are an obstacle for the development. “This sort of ridiculous comment, a formula, on development has been never heard of,” he explained.

Adding further he said that Minister Ranawaka has been blaming the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime for creating obstacles for development through financial and administrative malpractices but he seems to have taken a turn and now blaming poor animals and beggars.

Despite this CMC decision, lacking compassion and kindness, the Government continues with its grand National Vesak celebrations in Colombo and other main cities with the participation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari. According to media reports, 72 countries have confirmed their participation for the National Vesak day celebrations accepting the invitation from the Sri Lankan Government.

Lawrence Ferdinando
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