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September 30, 2020 - Channel NewsAsia

Sri Lanka to ban cattle slaughter

Sri Lanka to ban cattle slaughter
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COLOMBO: The slaughter of cattle will soon be banned in Sri Lanka, the government said Tuesday (Sep 29), in a move widely viewed as a concession to increasingly influential Buddhists in the ruling party.

The government said it would push through the ban after finalising a scheme to care for cattle too old to plough fields.

In neighbouring India, restrictions on cow slaughter imposed by the Hindu-nationalist government led to an increase in old cows wandering the streets and creating a traffic nuisance.

Sri Lanka has experienced a decline in beef consumption in recent years, with Buddhists and Hindus shunning it for religious reasons.

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