August 5, 2015
HSI in Sri Lanka
Cruelty to animals persists for many reasons, including ignorance, lack of laws and redundancy of existing laws. In Sri Lanka, the legislation that defines this issue—The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance No. 13 of 1907—falls short of its mission: The penalty provided for its violation, set more than 100 years ago, is too small to serve today as an effective deterrent.
In 2010, a proposal for reform was presented as a Bill to the Parliament. It seeks to replace the old ordinance and to recognize “duty of care” for people in charge of animals to treat them humanely. It further aims to secure the protection and welfare of animals, to establish a National Animal Welfare Authority and Regulations and Codes of Practice, and to raise public awareness of animal welfare concerns.
HSI is reaching out to organizations in Sri Lanka in an effort to create a healthy discussion and pave the way for change. We hope to set up a coalition of local groups to lead the work on animal protection in the country and help lobby for a new and improved Animal Welfare Bill with real authority.