Finding professional butchers to slaughter sacrificial animals a herculean task

PESHAWAR: Refused to accept more orders, Adnan Khan, a professional butcher from Hastnagri Bazaar was optimistic to make maximum profit after receiving 50 sacrificial animal slaughter bookings during Eidul Azha.

Hired three seasonal butchers to fulfill orders, the 25-year-old butcher, who was sharpening his daggers and axes at Firdus market on Saturday, told APP he had received 50 orders to slaughter sacrificial animals, including cows, oxen, buffaloes, goats, sheep and camels for three days of Eidul Azha.

“The slaughter of animals is an art. Butchers know where slaughtered animals could be cut into pieces instead of makeshift butchers or ordinary people,” said Adnan, who inherited this hard-earned trade from his grandfather.

“My grandfather started this profession before Pakistan’s independence and now our third generation is carrying on his legacy despite the ups and downs of his business,” he said.

He said animal slaughter rates were day and hour based, adding on the first day that Rs 4,000-5,000 was charged for slaughtering a goat or sheep between 8:00 a.m. and 11:50am with extra 600 rupees for making meat first. Eid day.

Similarly, the slaughter rate for cows and buffaloes has been set between Rs 10,000 and Rs 12,000 per animal on the morning of Eid.

Rs. 15,000-20,000 was charged for slaughtering camels and Rs. 7,000-8,000 for beef with an additional Rs. 2,500 for making meat.

He said the butchers charged large sums due to their professional work, as there were many seasonal butchers, who knew nothing about slaughtering and took longer than the professionals during the scorching heat.

Seasonal butchers lack proper tactics to bring animals back to the field, slaughter techniques, and are also unable to cut meat properly. These incompetent butchers also end up damaging the hides of the sacrificial animals in addition to exposing the citizens to injury.

Due to the exorbitant fees of professional butchers and high profit rates, butchers from other districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have come to Peshawar to earn maximum earnings.

Apart from the seasonal butchers, the unemployed and youth from the amalgamated and settled districts of KP also rushed to Peshawar to earn maximum profit.

“I came from Nowshera district in Peshawar due to the high demand for butchers and the profit rate of sacrificial animals here,” said Zardali Khan, a non-professional butcher, in an interview with APP.

He said most people hire non-professional butchers because of the low rate of profit compared to professional butchers given their financial situation.

Zardali said he came from the village of Dheri Ishaq Pabbi where most people slaughter the animals themselves after performing the collective Qurbani.

The slaughter of ‘ten animal orders’ was received from me this Eid at Rs 5,000 per cow as well as buffaloes and Rs 2,000 per goat or sheep.

Following cases of lumpy skin disease in animals, he said most educated people prefer to hire butchers to avoid being exposed to the deadly infection.

Qaiser Khan, a resident of Wapda town in Peshawar, said it had become extremely difficult to buy animals to perform the sacrificial ritual due to inflation and rising prices prevailing in the country. and that we had to scour the outskirts of town to find animals at affordable prices. assess.

After buying a decent animal, he said hiring a professional butcher for a nominal fee was another herculean task.

Afghan refugees have also surged into KP towns receiving orders at a relatively cheaper rate than locals.

Following high butchering rates, many citizens decided to slaughter the sacrificial animals themselves despite the scorching heat and cases of lumpy skin disease.

Dr. Aftab Ahmad, director of KP for Livestock and Dairy Development, told APP

that around 100,000 to 150,000 cattle were slaughtered at the KP on Eidul Azha.

In towns, he said, trends in butchers slaughtering animals were higher than in villages.

He said that around 70-80% of the cattle are brought from Punjab to be sacrificed on Eid days.

The transport of sacrificial animals to Afghanistan was the main reason for the rising price of sacrificial animals at the KP which needed to be regulated.

Dr. Aftab said several checkpoints have been established with the help of the provincial government at various locations on the highways linking KP with the merged districts to control the threat of cattle smuggling.

Dr Aftab said the department has deployed teams to different livestock markets to monitor animals and spray insecticides.

Similarly, checkpoints have been set up at all entry points to the province to control all animals.

Dr. Aftab Ahmad urged livestock owners to ensure cleanliness and use mosquito repellent as a safety measure to protect animals from lumpy skin disease besides adopting precautionary measures during slaughter.

He suggested regulating the activities of butchers and fixing the rate of slaughtering animals on the occasion of Eidul Azha.

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