2.5m cows, 4m sheep, 1m goats slaughtered during Eid

KARACHI: Tanneries across Karachi have not reported any incident of snatching truckloads of hides and skins during the three days of Eidul Azha, Chairman Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA) South Zone Hamid Zahoor said in a statement on Friday that there was no major incident of snatching of trucks loaded with hides and skins reported in the city so far as the overall situation remained satisfactory.

Vice Chairman PTA, Aamir Majeed said that the entire tannery zone in Korangi Industrial Area had been

cordoned off by PTA assisted CPLC Neighbourhood Care while Deputy Commissioner Korangi Zubair Channa had further ordered deployment of rangers and police in the sensitive points. Majeed said that PTA had an exclusive meeting with Deputy Commissioner Korangi to discuss the situation and prepare a contingency plan during Eidul Azha.

“Apart from PTA representatives and law enforcement agencies, representatives of hides and skins collection organizations such Al-Khidmat, Sunni Tehrik, MQM and others were also invited in the meeting.”

This year about 2.5 million cows, four million sheep and one million goats were slaughtered in Pakistan while people slaughtered around two million cows, 3.7 million to 3.8 million sheep and 700,000 to 800,000 goats last year.

An average price of cow/calf’s hide is Rs3,800, while that of goat/sheep is Rs375. “This festival meets 25 to 30 percent annual needs of tannery industry’s raw material, said a former chairman PTA,

Gulzar Firoz. He said that prices of sheep and goat hides went down this year while cow’s skin fetched good price compared to last year.

He said that price of sheep’s hide was going down globally due to decline in demand. Pakistan’s leather industry meets half of the sheep’s hides demand through import. Tanners do not import hides of cows and goats as the animals slaughtered in the country are enough to meet local industry’s needs, he added.

Firoz said a hide of sacrificed cow is usually 10 to 15 percent larger than that of animal slaughtered in rest of the year. “The hides are larger because many people buy healthy animals for sacrificing.”

Firoz associated the increasing sacrifices with the rising trend of collective sacrifices of animals. People preferred to take share in an animal than to pay comparatively higher price for buying an animal.

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