President Mahinda Rajapaksa has called for the temporary suspension of animal sacrifices in the country.The request comes as a tense situation was likely to arise with animal sacrifices scheduled to take place at the Sri Bhadra Kali Amman Kovil in Chilaw on Saturday. The exposition of the Kapilavastu relics in Sri Lanka is to be held till September 11. The sacred Buddhist relics were brought to Sri Lanka from India after more than 30 years on August 19. The district court in Chilaw had this week ordered that no protests or demonstrations be held around the vicinity of the Sri Bhadra Kali Amman Kovil until September 2. The order came in response to a complaint filed by the Chilaw police. President’s spokesman Bandula Jayasekera said that the President has requested that animal sacrifices are not made especially during the exposition of the Kapilavastu relics in Sri Lanka.