Needles used to paralyse 23 dogs, several cats

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Moratuwa Uni. authorities caught on video 

By Thilanka Kanakarathna   
Animal activists expressed outraged yesterday after a video of at least 23 dogs and several cats being stabbed with what looked like needles containing a toxic substance of some sort by persons inside the process of the University of Moratuwa, went viral on social media last Saturday (15).

A student of the Moratuwa University had released three video recordings which appeared to show the university authorities sticking needles into these animals thereby rending them unconscious, however he was allegedly pressurized by the authorities to remove the videos, it was reported.DM_20170717_A010-1
Groups of animal rights activists, with the support of university students had recovered 10 cats and two dogs on Sunday (16) evening buried in a pit in a land in Homagama.

Animal rights activists who had discovered the dead animals, charged that the animals were injected with “Ketamine”, a chemical that causes paralysis in animals, but the authorities had mistakenly overdosed the cats and dogs leading to the deaths of these animals.It was also revealed that the dogs that had been killed within the confines of the Moratuwa University had been sterilized two weeks before by the students who had paid a veterinarian to attend to them with their own funds.

According to the students a similar incident had taken place at the Sri Jayewardenepura University a few months back where upto 100 stray cats and dogs were rounded up by the university authorities and taken away allegedly to be gotten rid of at another location. They further claimed that the university authorities had threatened some of the students with suspension if news of this was leaked to the media.

Attempts by the  to contact the Moratuwa Municipal Council Medical Officer and the University authorities however were not successful. According to the Moratuwa University students the ‘Rakna Lanka’ officers who provided security to the university were involved in the mass killing of these animals.

Roundly condemning the actions of the university authorities Animal Rights Activist Otara Gunawardene said that she cannot condone the method used to capture these animals. “Animal just want a safe environment to live in and a place to sleep as well as someone to give them food and show them compassion. So why is it that cruel, heartless decisions are taken ignoring those who want a country where every living being has a right to live a happy, peaceful life? Why has leading with compassion become the least important thing in our once compassionate country,” she said.    Giving her views on what had taken place Animal Rights Activist, Attorney of Law, Lalani Perera said that according to the prevailing law the Municipal Council has the authority to kill stray animals after holding them captive for three days. However, she said in 2006 former President Mahinda Rajapaksa imposed a no-kill policy on stray animals after animal welfare societies made an appeal to him to order the authorities to stop these inhuman killings.

“We condemn these acts and looking forward to seek a court ruling banning these outdated laws governing the killing of stray animals. The present laws allow these killings to take place unabated but the former President’s policy does not. Therefore we are having discussions with the government to adopt the policy as a law,” she said.

Meanwhile, ‘Sathva Mithra’,‘Ray of Hope,’Divi Sarana and several other leading animal welfare organizations in the country had initiated a social media campaign against the government’s alleged decision to get rid of stray animals.

The students of the Moratuwa University had also decided to call for a protest  condemning the incident. “The government keeps saying university students have no compassion. Is this the compassion what they need us to learn?,” Hasini Silva, a former university student told .

Many persons had taken to social media to condemn the incident that had taken place.