Animals must be protected; laws must be equal for all – insists Minister

Animals must be protected; laws must be equal for all – insists Minister

Animals must be protected; laws must be equal for all – insists Minister

Written by Staff Writer

19 Nov, 2013 | 1:22 pm

Turtles from the Turtle Conservation Centre in Kosgoda were released to the sea on Monday to mark the birthday and the assumption of office by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
 
This was an initiative of Minister of Wildlife Conservation Vijith Wijayamuni Zoysa. Fifty turtles who were treated for injuries at the Turtle Conservation Centre in Kosgoda were released to the sea.
 
Minister Vijith Wijayamuni Zoysa stated,
 
“There are many ministers who serve the people. There are ministers for education, health and transport. But there is one minister for animals. Animals cannot speak but humans can. People can protest and conduct rallies but animals cannot do any of these things. Therefore, it is our responsibility to protect animals for the future generation.”
 
Speaking further, the Minister also pointed out that the law should be enforced equally for everyone.
 
He further added,
 
“Now this man told me that the Coast Conservation Authority had filed action against him for constructing a roof with coconut leaves. There is no problem in constructing hotels but there is a problem in using traditional material such as coconut leaves. These differences should be highlighted in Parliament. Is the law enforced only against the small man? I strongly believe that the law should be enforced equally for everyone, be it a frog or an elephant.”
 
 

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