“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.
“This high level of political consciousness accounts for the fact that of the parliamentary democracies in Asia, Sri Lanka was the only country that consistently threw out governments through a popular vote so that no government has had more than two consecutive returns to power, and most governments have had only one term of office. However, while the peasants were politically articulate, they had no access to political power.’the classic paradox of the Marxist civil society was operative here in extremis. The only occasions where peasants could exercise their power was at an election; but then often, irrespective of the party in control, effective political power remained (as it still remains) in the same ruling elite. In other words, political consciousness is widely diffused but political participation and decision-making remains in a ruling elite. None of this would really matter if the opportunity structure were flexible; but jobs and other forms of privilege were dependent on access to the centers of political power from which these persons were debarred.”
“We know that loyalty of the Väddas to the king continued until the 1817-1818 rebellion against the British under their chief Kivulegedera Mohottala of Valapane. Eventually this resulted in the decimation of the Vädda communities by the British forces when they reestablished their control. The sad relics of this past is reflected in the loss of population and the general malaise of the Väddas driven to seek refuge in forests and caves and recorded by later ethnographers, unfortunately as being their normal condition. We are indebted to Paul E Pieris for a detailed discussion of the Vädda role in the rebellion, but little or no reference to their decimation during the British conquest of the Kandyan provinces is available in orthodox histories written by later colonial writers such as the Seligmanns in 1911 as well as Sri Lankan scholars………………A servant caste of the Malvatta monastery known as Malvatte Duraya (“servant belonging to the monastery”) was found skinning a buffalo and placing it near in his bellows (for later practical use). This apparently was a heinous act and was seen by a henaya or washerman who while returning from the palace during that night after cleansing that place informed the king about it. The king appraised of the details interrogated Malvatte Duraya in detail and then gave the following order: “For the offence of keeping the buffalo skin on the bellows and for skinning the buffalo body they (his extended family) were ordered to bury cattle henceforth” and they are to be degraded and known as “geri padda,” geri mas or beef being utterly reprehensible, and padda being a contemptuous term for that particular caste that would normally be addressed and referred to in more respectable terms. There is implicit knowledge underlying the reference here because it is the lowest of the low, the roḍiya or canḍāla who generally had to bury dead animals and this family is in effect de-casted in the most drastic fashion by being identified as someone akin to a canḍāla or actually de-casted as canḍāla.”