It was the stinking carcasses of freshly slaughtered cattle, stacked up in an abandoned abattoir that awaited the monks of the Bodu Bala Sena, as they burst into the former abattoir in Dematagoda, yesterday. The abandoned abattoir is now used as a meat inspection facility by the Colombo Municipal Council.
The monks alleged the young calves and water buffalos have been slaughtered and their meat has been released for public consumption. They also charged the authorities have looked the other way as stolen and pregnant cows are slaughtered and their flesh is released to the market. Protesting monks prevented meat containers from leaving the abattoir.
The monks said they had been on the lookout for the meat lorries since 2 a.m. and insisted that police produce documentations to prove the meat did not come from calves and pregnant cows. Senior police officers, who arrived at the scene, maintained the slaughter of calves and cows are not prohibited by the law, arguing that, therefore, they could not retain the meat stocks. The monks later left, but pledged to lobby to bring new laws against animal slaughter.