“PROPAGANDA ONSLAUGHT BY NGOS CLAIM ANIMALS SUBJECT TO CRUELTIES

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Dehiwala National Zoological Gardens

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BY H.M. DHARMAPALA Wildlife and Sustainable Development Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera said a group of NGOs, under the pretext of operating as animal lover organisations, had resorted to false propaganda that the elephants and other animals in the Dehiwala National Zoological Gardens were subject to cruelties.

Addressing a ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of the zoo, he pointed out that a conspiracy was being hatched to bring disrepute to the Dehiwala zoo that had been a caring home for thousands of animals and birds for over eight decades. However, the commemoration ceremony organised by National Zoological Gardens Acting Director Dhammika Malsinghe with the help of the staff included an all night Pirith Chanting by Mahasangha led by former Parliamentarian Ven. Akmeemana Dayaratne Thera.

The minister asserted that a vast improvement could be noticed in the zoo when compared to the past. “We must not forget that the National Zoological Gardens should be further developed in keeping with modern standards. I strongly believe that the poor animals should not be confined to the cage.

A mechanism should be introduced to create a conducive environment for the animals to live and breed freely in a natural habitat without being imprisoned. After all, it is our prime duty to protect the rights of animals too. Transparency in all transactions should be guaranteed to avoid allegations,” he said, Deputy Minister Sumedha G. Jayasena and Acting Director Dhammika Malsinghe also addressed the gathering. However, the anniversary coincided with the birth of a Zebra colt.