Last year, the Sindh Government had designated 500 sites for sacrificing animals to safeguard against the coronavirus pandemic. But, most people still ended up doing animal sacrifices on the road. Left to rot, the waste becomes a reservoir for disease. The monsoon season just compounds the problem.

Proper care must be taken when selecting a spot for sacrifice. Ideally, it should be done at a spot designated by the municipality. Over 51,312 tonnes of animal waste was lifted and removed from the country’s financial hub Karachi in an offal disposal operation after Eid last year. Waste should also be placed at designated sites so it would be easier to collect it. The Pakistan Air Force has also urged people to ensure safe disposal to protect aircrafts from getting struck by birds. Unfortunately, it is not an uncommon sight to see offals scattered randomly. Hides/skins should be donated to charitable institutions/NGOs such as Edhi, Alamgir Welfare Trust etc.

Pakistanis sacrificed around 5.8 million animals worth $1 billion on the Muslim festival of Eid Al-Adha in 2020, 28 percent lower than last year according to data from the Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA).

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