Otara Foundation launches public appeal to govt. to enact new Animal Welfare Bill


The Otara Foundation is to press the government to enact the new Animal Welfare Bill by mobilising mass public support for the legislation via a 100,000 on-line signature campaign launched to mark World Animal Day, celebrated globally on October 4.

The new Animal Welfare Bill was intended to replace Sri Lanka’s antiquated Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1906, but has been pending enactment since 2006.

Now, concerned citizens can support the Foundation’s appeal that the draft legislation be reviewed and enacted by the new government, by placing their signatures online by visiting www.otarafoundation.comA link to the online appeal can also be accessed by visiting the Facebook page and Twitter account of OtaraGunewardene:www.facebook.com/otaradel andwww.twitter.com/otaradel

The appeal, addressed to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe urges the two leaders to evaluate and pass the new or amended Animal Welfare Bill in Parliament so that Sri Lanka as a nation would have the necessary legislation in place to stop the atrocities that animals go through on a daily basis.

‘Today, our animals — stray, captive, domesticated or wild — face many difficulties at the hands of humans. They are beaten, abused, stoned, shot at, trapped and killed on a daily basis and the need for proper legislation by way of an amended Animal Welfare Bill has never been stronger than it is right now,’ commented OtaraGunewardene.

‘Sri Lanka is considered a compassionate nation, and there is no better way to show the world our commitment to animals than by ensuring this Bill is implemented. By doing this, we could be the generation that made a change in the lives of our animals for the sake of the next generation.’

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