Minister S.M. Chandrasena said that all those who harm fauna and flora will be punished despite their position. A wild elephant was shot dead near the Sithulpahuwa Magul Maha Vihara recently. The Minister made an inspection tour in the area with regard to the incident.
The Minister said it is time to grant freedom for the animals in the National Parks. He said that strong checkpoints will be setup at the entrances to the Situlpahuwa Vihara. He noted that the rate of hunting has gone down although not stopped. The Minister stressed that legal action will be taken against the culprits without considering their social status.