KARACHI – Animal sacrifice methods by individuals at Eidul Azha remain a common practice for many years in Pakistan, but this year a new trend of ‘mass sacrifice’ is being cited as the latest way to reduce environmental pollution with a blow to overcome coronavirus.
The federal government’s mass sacrifice policy will help reduce environmental pollution, said Babar Khan, Director of Wildlife, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) – Pakistan. ‘Mass sacrifice is a perfect step and our religion also advises us to do the same thing. This can open the easy way to properly dispose of innards. ‘
On the occasion of Eidul Azha also known as Eid-e-Qurban, Islamic festival to commemorate Hazrat Ibrahim (as) willingness to sacrifice his son Hazrat Ismael (as) as an act of obedience to God’s commands, people in Pakistan Sacrifice large animals and they accustomed through innards, entrails and organs in animals, on the streets and roads, but this time the right decision from the federal government in the view of Covid-19 will also help prevent the environment from further damage, said the expert.
Offal, animal feces, usually smell bad if they are not properly disposed of after sacrificing large amounts of animals to Eidul Azha. The amount of small and large animal waste material that causes environmental disasters if not properly removed and disposed of at the landfill site.
The government has taken steps to regulate mass sacrifice in ‘certain places’ under SOPs and guidelines
Babar Khan said the main problem arises when people on their side do not properly dispose of the innards, feces and blood of sacrificial animals and which flow through drainage channels that end in nullah and then on the same flow into the sea. The expert said the monsoon rainy season was on and in this situation people had to be careful because the blood of animals and their innards could mix with the rain and cause a great environmental disaster.
The flow of viscera towards the sea pollutes and creates problems in aquatic ecosystems. This completely damages water resources. Experts say that the innards have 80 to 90 percent organic material and can be used for manure and necessities but Karachi does not have that arrangement in place. To avoid the spread of bad odors, diseases, and environmental pollution, the best way is to properly remove the innards at the landfill site.
Disposition of animal waste on Eid al-Fitr is always a big challenge for the relevant authorities in the country. This time considering the spread of Covid-19, the federal government has formulated a policy to promote ‘Mass Sacrifice’ in the country to contain the corona virus, and has also advised the provincial government to work on it. The Sindh government has announced to comply with federal government policies, which have been appreciated by experts.
The provincial government has taken steps to regulate mass sacrifice at ‘Special Places’ under Standard Operating Procedures and guidelines provided by the federal government. Individuals who are in line with the guidelines will sacrifice animals in certain places at Union Council (UC) level.
All Deputy Commissioners, City Commissioners (MC) and City Representatives (MR) in Sindh will take steps to prevent individual animal sacrifice trends under a joint strategy. The Sindh Solid Waste Management Board (SSWMB) will collect the innards from designated sites in Karachi and dump them at the landfill site. People have been advised to do qurbani remotely through Edhi, Mosques, NGOs, or other registered organizations.
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