A regular programme that has been releasing cattle from the slaughter houses and such other places to poor farmers from all over Sri Lanka with a monitoring mechanism and follow up on the care and welfare of the animals handed over through the programmes. Our programmes promote the Buddhist principles of not-killing and compassion towards all living-beings. From the year 2000, the Foundation has saved more than 8600 cows from the butchers' knives, thanks to the generosity of many animal lovers.
The Foundation purchases cows from slaughterhouses and other places and gives them to selected families who pledge to look after them well. The families are not allowed to sell the cows. In return, they obtain milk and help from the cows in the fields. The Foundation monitors the programmes by regular visits to the families and the families are required to report to the nearest Buddhist temple and the ‘GramaNiladari’ in the area.
Furthermore, this programme allows the donor to gain merits and if a family is benefited by this process, it paves the way for them to have a sustainable source of income. As a result, this cattle saving programme contributes enormously towards the economic development of the country.