Convener of the Biodiversity Conservation and Inspection Circle Supun Lahiru alleged that a certain group, serving at the Ridiyagama Safari Park at Hambantota are killing animals for meat in a well-organised racket.
He stated that they had received reliable information that animals kept for viewing and those from nearby forests are being killed by the workers of the safari park for meat. Lahiru alleged that the animals that are killed are being sold as meat to influential people in the area and nearby star class hotels.
He further charged that certain park employees are earning cash via this sordid racket and that to date no official from the National Zoological Gardens, Dehiwela nor the park’s management had taken action against them or to nip the racket in the bud.
By Savani Sheshadhi