“For Arendt, the private sphere is the realm of necessity where life in the household and family life, sustained by labour, production and consumption, take the centre. In contrast, the public sphere is the realm of freedom and action, with its focus on the world rather than life; it is the realm of public discourse preserved for individuality achieved through excellence, creating memory and thereby culture. It is the public political realm that stabilizes the world, preserves worldliness through friendship of discourse among citizens. Technical issues such as “poverty” are mattes for the experts, whereas politics is about determining what form of government we need to have.
Arendt has observed that the moderns misunderstand and equate the polis, or the political ream with the social realm, whereas in the understanding of the ancients, the private sphere, the realm of household and family and the maintenance of life, was clearly distinct from the public sphere, the polis, the political realm that attends to the affairs of the common world. The ‘emergence of the social realm, which is neither private nor public, occurs with the emergence of the modern age which lasted from the seventeenth century to the early twentieth century which found its political form in the nation State (Arendt, 1958: 28).”
“till the Animal Welfare Act is passed, Weerakkody thinks the amendments proposed to the Registration of the Dogs Ordinance (of 1902) is the other alternative available for providing some solace to the community dogs. These amendments have sought to prevent the community dogs from being pounded without reason. Also they will prevent the dogs from being killed unless it is confirmed by a veterinary surgeon that the dogs have contracted rabies.
Animal rights activist Attorney-at-law Lalani Perera reiterated the need for amending the two Acts, the Registration of the Dogs Ordinance (of 1902) and the Rabies Ordinance (of 1907). She also serves in the advisory committee set forth by the Local Government and Provincial Councils minister Faizer Mustapha in this regard.
Perera observed that the over hundred years old statutes are not keeping with the current thinking on the subject of animal welfare as both these legislations recommend dog destruction. Dog destruction, even in the name of rabies control, is neither accepted nor scientifically sound method anymore. Thus she sees the importance of statutory recognition for sterilization and vaccination of dogs, which is expected to be a prime objective of the amendments proposed.”
“While all this misery on humans and dogs is being unfolded, plans are afoot to remove dogs on a large scale from Colombo and perhaps dump them in the sea!! Please, let the compassionate public be alert to any such action.So much for the daily chanting of “May all living beings be well” in this so called Buddhist country, with the most Un-Buddhistic goings on!! And, so much for the highly publicized promise made by Minister Faiszer Musthapha that NO dog will be removed without intimating the Advisory Committee he appointed on Animal Welfare! He screamed hoarse that NO DOG will be Killed! While allegedly the sedated dogs will be dumped in the sea.”
Plans are afoot to remove dogs and dump them in the sea – Champa Fernando
Hot on the heels of the Vice Chancellor of Sri Jayawardenepura University( http://www.sjp.ac.lk/ ) Prof. Sampath Amaratunge paying Rs. 350,000/- of public money to a pest control company named Ultrakleen/Ultrakil to do the disappearing act on some 30 odd sterilized rabies vaccinated dogs on April 8 and 9, a 40-foot rubbish heap of the Meethotamulla rubbish dump in the Capital City of Colombo crumbles on 200 odd homes in that area burying hundreds of human beings alive under the stinking and slimy rubbish on the Sinhala and Tamil New Year Day. Continue reading Plans are afoot to remove dogs and dump them in the sea – Champa Fernando→
The NGO Sathva Mithra (friends of animals) yesterday condemned what it termed “the cockeyed view of the Vice Chancellor of the Jayawardenepura University( http://www.sjp.ac.lk/ ) ” with regard to the fate of dogs thrown out of the campus premises.
Headed by Sagarica Rajakarunanayake it said in a press release:
We were surprised by the cock-eyed view of the Vice Chancellor of the Jayawardenepura University with regard to the dogs found in the premises of the University and the students who have devoted themselves to the welfare of these dogs.