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Cabinet greenlights proposal to present draft laws to ban cattle slaughter

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.

Further, laws passed by the local government institutions in relation to cattle slaughter were also to be amended.

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 has certified that the said bills are not clashing with the provisions of the Constitution. 

Therefore, the Cabinet of Ministers granted approval to the consolidated resolution tabled by the Hon. 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 the same in the Parliament.