The sacrificial animal business has experienced a surge, as Eid Ul Azha is just a few days away. The buying and selling business of the sacrificial animals is witnessing a boom across the country.
Many cattle markets commonly referred to as the “mandis” have been set up throughout the nation, where citizens are found visiting and doing their required purchases.
On an average, nearly 0.4 million animals are slaughtered in just the city of Lahore every year on Eid Ul Azha. Out of these 0.4 million, 0.25 are the small animals like goats and sheep while the remaining 0.15 million are cows, camels and calves, as claimed by a city government official.
Majority of the sellers asks for immensely huge prices since the city government has not introduced any regulatory price mechanism. As per a survey of the many sacrificial animal markets, the price of goats is around thirty thousand to sixty thousand rupees, sheep and lamb costs about twenty-five thousand to fifty-five thousand and the prices of cows are about fifty-five thousand to twelve lac rupees.
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A resident of Shadman, Lahore—Yasir Mehmood said that the prices of the sacrificial animals have been increased. He asked the government to draft a strategy for curbing these uncontrolled prices so that the general public could be able to make their respective animal purchases and fulfil their religious duty.
Many citizens are hopeful that the prices of the sacrificial animals would get lower in next few days’ time as the sellers would want to just dispose of all their animals and leave back to their homes for celebrating Eid with their families.
Ashraf Ali—another resident said that the sellers are demanding a lot of money, especially for goats. He added that they would have to reduce the rates finally if they want to sell their cattle.
Many of the citizens requested the government for enforcing a price regulatory mechanism so that the people could be able to make the purchases of the sacrificial animals at justified rates.
On the other hand, the sellers claim that the cost of food of these animals, also the price of transportation of these animals is the main reason behind high rates.
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