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Anticipation builds for parliamentary approval of Animal Welfare Bill

July 08, Colombo (LNW): Animal enthusiasts nationwide are eagerly awaiting the approval of the Animal Welfare Bill in Parliament, according to the Veterinarians for Humane Management of Animal Population Association.

Dr. Chamith Nanayakkara, an advisor to the association, told Daily Mirror that advocates of the bill have been campaigning for its passage since 2000.

He emphasised that the proposed legislation is well-balanced, addressing concerns from the meat and dairy industries without negatively affecting them.

The focus is on ensuring the safety and welfare of animals.

“The bill’s delay was to guarantee a balanced and problem-free solution,” Dr. Nanayakkara explained. “The animal welfare committee conducted several discussions with stakeholders from the meat and dairy industries, perahera events, and various animal welfare organisations.”

The Animal Welfare Bill is set for discussion in the Cabinet tomorrow (9) and will be debated in Parliament on Thursday (11). Animal lovers are hopeful that the bill will finally be passed.

The association has previously declared that they will only support parliamentary members who endorse the Animal Welfare Bill, emphasising that animal welfare is not just a duty but a reflection of our compassion towards animals.

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