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Sunday, 18 December 2016 - 12:31
CID Report in to Illegally kept elephants to the Presidential Committee on the 9th
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Minister of Wildlife and Sustainable Development, Gamini Jayawickrama Perera stated that a report compiled by the Attorney General’s Department and the Criminal Investigations Department on the elephants taken into the custody by the wildlife conservation department for not having a proper license, will be produced to the committee appointed to inquire in to the matter, on the 9th.

A committee of 5 members presided by Minister Sarath Amunugama was appointed under the directives of President Maithripala Sirisena, earlier.

With the current government coming into power, 36 elephants that were kept illegally by several individuals and temples, were taken into the custody of the wildlife conservation department.

Environmentalist and Attorney-at-law Jagath Gunawardena stated that a decision about the elephants should be made after legal proceedings.

Director of Species Conservation Centre, Pubudu Weerarathna stated that he has received information that the Wildlife Conservation Department is about to make a wrong decision.

However, President of the Movement for Protecting Tamed Elephants, Magalkande Sudaththa Thera stated that measures should be taken to release the elephants.
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