LAHORE: The high prices of sacrificial animals showed a downward trend in the sale and purchase of these animals as buyers called the prices too high.
Sellers and buyers justify their views on animal prices. With greed prevalent in society, Eidul Azha, a festival of great spiritual significance that teaches sacrifice, has turned into an event of commercial activity.
The skyrocketing prices of sacrificial animals have become beyond the reach of an ordinary man as sellers associate the price with other production costs such as transportation, fodder, etc.
Rising animal prices will add to the financial burden on wage and low income groups and probably most of them would not be able to perform the religious ritual.
Citizens, however, demanded that the district administration put in place a price control system for sacrificial animals, as it provided space and various other facilities for vendors.
According to statistics from the district administration granting department, more than 500,000 sacrificial animals are generally slaughtered in the city on each Eidul Azha, of which about 350,000 are small animals, goats and sheep, while the rest is large animals like calves, camels, bulls, etc.
Currently, the price of a full sized goat ranges from Rs 40,000 to Rs 55,000, a lamb / sheep Rs 35,000 to Rs 40,000 and a cow / calf from Rs 80,000 to 120,000. The prices of specially bred animals are much higher.
Sellers of sacrificial animals said higher prices were the main reason for high animal prices this year. They said the cost of raising an animal has also increased due to current inflation.
Ahmed Salman, a seller from Bahawalpur, said that the increase in transportation costs, the cost of breeding animals and bribes collected by police and other officials had caused animal prices to rise. He complained that the police charged him Rs150 to Rs300 per animal on Eidi’s behalf for each picket on his way from Bahawalpur to Lahore.
Shakeel Aslam, a seller from Sahiwal, said the price of green fodder has increased. He said the price of a truck from Sahiwal to Lahore has increased by 200%.
Khurram, a resident of the town of Faisal, said the general rise in prices was undoubtedly a major factor in the rise in animal prices, but that the sellers’ “vicious” wish to make more money with it. religious activity also added to the suffering of the general. Public.
“The government’s failure to control prices has made the problem worse, leaving people at the mercy of animal sellers because there is no forum to complain about the price hike,” he said. asserted.
Besides the purchases of sacrificial animals, the purchases of clothing and dresses are also done at a slower pace due to the same factor of rising prices.
“We don’t get a lot of responses from people, although Eid is just around the corner,” said Muzamil, a clothing seller at Anarkali Bazaar.
Iqbal Qureshi, a resident of Islampura, said he went to buy a goat but returned empty-handed as the prices were out of his reach. He said that a single goat weighing 25 kg costs around 40,000 rupees. He said last year that he bought the same size goat at Rs25,000. “The prices of animals have increased but the incomes are the same,” he said.
Imran Tahir, a resident of Wapda town, said white-collar workers face a real dilemma as they want to buy animals to fulfill their religious obligation but cannot afford it now. He said another reason for the increase in prices for sacrificial animals was the intermediary role in the supply chain. He said the government should think about putting citizens in touch with the real sellers, which could lower prices.
On the flip side, a majority of buyers believed high prices for sacrificial animals would drop as Eid neared, adding that sellers would like to sell all of their animals before the occasion.
People have also started to contact butchers in advance to have their animals slaughtered. Usually on Eid days, butchers would work in shifts of two to three people, slaughtering around 20 to 25 animals per day. They have also increased their fees as a butcher charges Rs 3000 to Rs 5000 per goat, Rs 8,000 to Rs 15,000 for a large animal. Qurbani’s online services offered different sacrificial animals with live view and home delivery of the animals. They also offered the services of butchers on the day of Eid.