Repealed By Animals Act, No. 29 of 1958.


Ordinance Nos,
17 of 1920
61 of 1939
3 of 1946
29 of 1947
Act Nos,
22 of 1955
29 of 1958
[30th July
, 1920
Short title.

1. This Ordinance may be cited as the Buffaloes Protection Ordinance.


2. In this Ordinance, unless the subject or context otherwise requires-

” local authority ” denotes a person falling under any of the descriptions hereinafter following, namely: –

(a) within the limits of a Municipality, Urban Council, or Town Council, the Mayor or Chairman of such Council;

(b) outside the limits of a Municipality, Urban Council, or Town Council and within the limits of an administrative district, the Government Agent thereof.



(1) The Minister[1] may, in respect of the whole of Ceylon or of any particular area or areas therein, make rules for restricting, controlling, and regulating the slaughter of buffaloes, and, without prejudice to the generality of the powers so conferred, such rules may-

(a) prohibit the slaughter of buffaloes, except on the permit of the local authority ;

(b) prohibit the removal of buffaloes or the trans-
port of buffalo meat from one area to another except on the permit of the local authority ;

(c) prescribe the form of permits to be issued ;

(d) authorize such local authorities to grant or
refuse such permits absolutely or upon conditions.

(2) All rules made under the provisions of this section shall be published in the Gazette, and when published shall have the same force and effect as if they had been enacted in this Ordinance.

Application to whole of Ceylon or part thereof by Order.

4. In any case in which it appears expedient so to do, the Minister1 may, by Order[1] to be published in the Gazette, with respect to the whole of Ceylon or any part thereof, prohibit the slaughter of buffaloes as and from a day to be appointed therein; and, so long as such Order1 shall remain in force, the rules, if any, made under section 3 hereof shall be deemed to be suspended in so far as they are inconsistent with such Order.[1]


5. Any person committing any breach of any rule made under this Ordinance, or acting in contravention of an Order[1] made under the provisions of section 4 hereof, shall be guilty of an offence, and liable on summary conviction before a Magistrate to a fine not exceeding five hundred rupees, or to imprisonment of either description for any period not exceeding six months, or both.

Ordinance not to apply to buffaloes specially imported for slaughter.

6. This Ordinance shall not apply to buffaloes specially imported into Ceylon for the purpose of slaughter, provided the buffaloes so imported are slaughtered within two months of importation. The onus of proving that any particular buffalo was so imported for the purpose of slaughter shall lie on the person who affirms it.