Mervyn won’t ban sale of meat without people’s consent


By Shamindra Ferdinando

Public Relations Minister Mervyn Silva yesterday said that he wouldn’t ban the sale of fish, chicken and mutton in the Kelaniya electorate without consulting those living in the area.

Minister Silva said that he would conduct a survey to find out the eating preferences of people before implementing an unprecedented ban on sale of any kind of meat. He banned the sale of beef in his electorate some time ago.

Gampaha District MP Silva was responding to SLBC Chairman Hudson Samarasinghe during a live programme.

The minister assured that the meat ban would be subject to approval by the majority living in the electorate.

Addressing a public meeting in Kiribathgoda, after flagging off a cycle race organized by the Kiribathgoda Youth Association, minister Silva said on Sunday thatKelaniya was a sacred area and hence the sale of any kind of meat would not be allowed in future.

When SLBC chief Samarasinghe suggested that the ban on serving any kind of meat should be first implemented in parliament, Minister Silva said that there were MPs with different tastes hence such a ban wasn’t practical. Samarasinghe pointed out that UNP MP Rosy Senanayake and some of her colleagues were pushing for introduction of a pork curry on the parliament’s menu. Samarasinghe strongly criticized those MPs wanting to eat pork in parliament. Minister Silva said that MP Senanayake could enjoy pork curry in a hotel or a restaurant. Silva said that he was strongly opposed to serving of any kind of meat in parliament.

Commenting on ongoing efforts to discourage both, the sale and display of any kind of meat in the Kelaniya electorate, Minister Silva said that he wouldn’t allow anyone to display chicken, mutton or pork. Whatever they sell, they would have to display it behind a glass pane.

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