A group of monks from the Bodu Bala Sena stormed a butchery in Dematagoda today alleging that the meat being distributed from the location is from animals slaughtered without a license.
The monks said that the meat of over 300 animals which had been slaughtered illegally were being sent out to shops from the Dematagoda premises.
Officers from the Colombo Municipal Council visited the location and initiated investigations into the meat. The police also arrived at the location.
In January the Bodu Bala Sena monks stormed a hotel in Beruwala after receiving a tip that a party was being conducted using the name ‘Buddha bar’.
However when the monks reached the hotel the management of the hotel had rejected the claims.
The party had been attended by several guests of the hotel as well as outsiders who had received invites.
A heated argument ensued between the hotel management and the monks after the monks demanded that the bar be shut down.
The Venerable Galagodatthe Gnanasara Thera, who led the ’Bodu Bala Sena’ monks to the hotel had said they will not allow any bar to operate in Sri Lanka using the name of the Lord Buddha. (Colombo Gazette)
|Bodu Bala Sena storms abattoir|
It was the stinking carcasses of freshly slaughtered cattle, stacked up in an abandoned abattoir that awaited the monks of the Bodu Bala Sena, as they burst into the former abattoir in Dematagoda, yesterday. The abandoned abattoir is now used as a meat inspection facility by the Colombo Municipal Council.
The monks alleged the young calves and water buffalos have been slaughtered and their meat has been released for public consumption. They also charged the authorities have looked the other way as stolen and pregnant cows are slaughtered and their flesh is released to the market. Protesting monks prevented meat containers from leaving the abattoir.
The monks said they had been on the lookout for the meat lorries since 2 a.m. and insisted that police produce documentations to prove the meat did not come from calves and pregnant cows. Senior police officers, who arrived at the scene, maintained the slaughter of calves and cows are not prohibited by the law, arguing that, therefore, they could not retain the meat stocks. The monks later left, but pledged to lobby to bring new laws against animal slaughter.