Sacrificial goats

Pic by Augustine Fernando.

Slaughter of animals in public is prohibited, but at the Mahabadhrakali Amman Kovil in Munneswaram, Chilaw yesterday some 200 goats were slaughtered in the presence of devotees, police officers and a Public Health Inspector.

Chilaw Pradeshiya Sabha Secretary Chandana Kumara said slaughtering of animals as a religious ritual had been taking place for many years not only in Munneswaram but also in other areas. “It may be not legal, but it is taking place with the participation of thousands of devotees,” he said.

The picture shows specially assigned persons from the temple slaughtering goats using sharp swords.

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