Editorial

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Summary

One day, young Kavith will grow up. Maybe he will become someone who reflects on the line ‘Sabbe Satta Bhavantu Sukhitatta (May all beings be well, may all beings be happy, may all beings be free from suffering).’

Young Kavith Sangakkara, son of the cricketer-restauranter-darling-of-lords we know well, has launched an online petition. He wants to put an end to commercial dog breeding. He’s inspired, apparently, by the work of Otara Gunewardene and Embark. He’s possibly upset by the whole business of pets in cages and the commercialization of breeding.

Any wholesome initiative by anyone is good. A child’s efforts are even more praiseworthy. Of course not all dog-lovers will support him. Many of them are fixated on things like pedigrees. That’s far removed from the dog-lovers of, say, a ‘pariah’ kind (there’s a pun there, by the way). The boy Kavith is taking on an industry. Not a grand industry but one that caters to the big boys and girls in business, in the main. ‘All power to him,’ is what those who love dogs regardless of ‘breeding’ would probably say.

One day, young Kavith will grow up. Maybe he will become someone who reflects on the line ‘Sabbe Satta Bhavantu Sukhitatta (May all beings be well, may all beings be happy, may all beings be free from suffering).’ That, by the way, is a line used by Otara in a ‘Vigil for the Street Dogs of Sri Lanka.’
Maybe he’ll go the extra mile. Maybe he will walk all the avenues littered with commercial breeding. Maybe he will see a broader menagerie and notice that there are lots of species being bred. Commercially. Maybe he will see chicken, cattle, pigs, turkey, goats, sheep and even fish (those in aquariums and those being netteed, spiked, subjected to dynamite detonation etc).

Crabs too.

Kavith may or may not have had a chat with his appachchi. The proud dad has supported him as dads tend to do. Good on Kumar. Good on Kavith. May they receive the full blessings on account of the good karma.

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