ISLAMABAD, Jul 23 (APP): Butchers in various slaughterhouses all over the country including the capital city are passing a busy time in sharpening the tools used for slaughtering sacrificial animals on Eid-ul-Azha and taking online advance orders amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Like previous years, business of seasonal butchers, blacksmiths and knife sharpeners has registered an upward boom as they are receiving incalculable ‘advance online orders’ from citizens ahead of Eid-ul-Azha. According to details, the people are looking for trained butchers to slaughter their sacrificial animals online and avoiding visiting their shops amidst COVID19.
A slaughterhouse in F-10 talking to APP said that amidst the coronavirus, strict precautionary and hygiene measures have been stepped up for the Eid. Basit Zain said that this year citizens should encourage the trend of online buying, e-selling and large-scale slaughter arrangements of the animals as much as possible in their respective cities and towns. Buyers and butchers must wear surgical or medical mask as per government orders while slaughtering animals at home, a citizen Mohsin Ikram urged.
Another citizen Bilal Malik said that social media platforms are providing online buying and sacrificial services, and the pandemic situation coupled with new restrictions has increased their popularity manifold this year. “I have booked a sacrifice through an online website this year as I am not comfortable with the idea of exposing myself by visiting the cattle market, and slaughtering the cattle outside my house”, said Yousaf Amin. A trained butcher in Sittara Market said that to limit the number of customers in butcheries, orders can be placed via mobile apps and all my workers are under strict orders to follow the government given SOPs while visiting homes on Eid days. The fee for slaughtering animals remains unchanged, he assured.
A butcher in G-10 Market said that due to coronavirus his business was affected but at the time of Eid they will slaughter animals and earn good money. Mostly young boys in the city slaughter their animals themselves, said a citizen Umair Javed, adding that mostly wealthy people hire professional butchers to slaughter the animals. The people in Islamabad hire butchers and pay handsome money to them each year, said Amjad Suleman. He also complained that some butchers are demanding more money for slaughtering this year.
The demand of tools used for slaughtering animals also sees a sharp rise during Eid while many people bring damaged tools for repair, said several slaughterers in Aabpara Market.
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