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Sri Lanka to table cattle slaughter ban bills in the Parliament

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Cattle Slaughter Ban in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka government to publish bills related to banning of cattle slaughter in the government gazette as notifications and later table them in the Parliament.


Approval of the Cabinet of Ministers was granted on 28th September 2020 to prohibit cattle slaughter in order to increase local agriculture and local milk production and to amend the laws and regulations applicable to it and to amend by laws passed by the local government institutions in relation to cattle slaughter.

Accordingly, the Legal Draftsman has drafted bills to amend the following acts / ordinances.


• Authority 272 of the Cattle Slaughter Ordinance No. 9 of 1893
• Animal Act No. 29 of 1958
• Authority 252 of Municipal Councils Ordinance
• Authority 255 of Urban Councils Ordinance
• Pradeshiya Sabha Ordinance No. 15 of 1987


The Attorney General AG has certified that the said bills are not clashing with the provisions of the Constitution. Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers granted approval to the consolidated resolution tabled by the Prime Minister; the Minister of Public Services, Provincial Councils and Local Government and the Minister of Agriculture to publish these bills in the government gazette as notifications and thereby table in the Parliament.

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