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After Protests, Sri Lanka To Ban Animal Sacrifices At Hindu Temples - Dotemirates
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After Protests, Sri Lanka To Ban Animal Sacrifices At Hindu Temples

Colombo, Sri Lanka: Animal sacrifices at Hindu temples could be banned in Sri Lanka under new plans announced Wednesday, after growing protests over the rituals from the country's Buddhist majority as well as moderate Hindus.The cabinet approved a proposal put forward by the Hindu Religious Affairs minister to outlaw the ancient practice that is still observed at several temples across the country."The legal draughtsman was asked to prepare a bill to ban animal and bird sacrifices at Hindu temples," the government said in a statement.During religious festivals, some devout Hindus sacrifice goats, chickens and buffalos, expecting good fortune in return.But...


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