Sri Lanka Police apologizes for ‘Dog Weddings’
Police in Sri Lanka are apologizing to the public, following complaints from the country’s culture minister condemning an unusual wedding ceremony held this past Monday, involving sniffer dogs.
Shawls, hats and socks were worn by nine pairs of police dogs, and were placed on a Buddhist Poruwa – ( a stage used in traditional Buddhist weddings) in the central town of Kandy, and were later driven away in a decorated police jeep for their “honeymoons.”
Culture Minister T.B Ekananayake, has called for an investigation deeming the ceremony unacceptable, and said it undermined traditional wedding rituals and should be strongly condemned.
Police spokesman Buddhika Siriwardena apologized for any offence caused to cultural and religious sensibilities, saying the ceremony was part of a program aiming at breeding dogs to grow accustomed to local weather and food, thereby saving money,” Siriwardena says that in 2011 the police department spent $500,000 importing breeding dogs from the Netherlands.