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Sri Lanka to ban Hindu animal sacrifice - Dotemirates
12/09/2018

Sri Lanka to ban Hindu animal sacrifice

Sri Lanka's government has agreed to ban the ritual sacrifice of animals and birds at Hindu temples on the island.A government spokesman told the BBC the move was proposed by the Hindu Religious Affairs ministry, and said most moderate Hindu groups support it.Some Hindus sacrifice goats, buffalo calves and chickens at temples as an offering to their deities.But the practice has attracted years of protests in Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka, where critics call it inhumane.Animals sacrificed at Hindu and Muslim religious festivals are often left to bleed to death, which angers animal rights activists and some Buddhist groups. Many practicing Hindus...


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Researchers could soon diagnose Alzheimer's with a blood test

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17/07/2019

Taliban close Afghan health facilities run by Swedish group

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Sudanese military, protesters sign power-sharing document

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