Engaging inexperienced butchers for removing the skins of the sacrificial animals on Eid-ul-Azha has damaged and devalued a major stock of hides and skins, causing huge loss.

The Muslims all across the country following “Sunnah-e-Ibrahimi” by offering sacrificial animals on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha. Around nine million animals were sacrificed this year including goats, cows, sheep and camels. According to a rough estimates cow skin sells at Rs 2000 to Rs 3000, goat and sheep varies from Rs 250 to Rs 300 and camel’s skin are sold at Rs 10000 to 12,000.

The inept butchers caused around 30 percent loss in the value of the skins of sacrificial anuimals this Eid. Many religious, political, social and welfare organisations collect the sacrificial animals’ skins as donations, but majority of them does not possess the required storage facilities that also devalue the skins. Inexperienced skinning cuts holes in the skin and even one hole in the skin reduces its value by 5 to 10 per cent and another hole by 25 per cent.

Many labourers, who do not find job due to Eid activities, also adopt this profession for the time being to earn livelihood.

Butchers charged Rs 2,000 to 3,000 to slaughter a goat or sheep, while Rs 10,000 to 12,000 for a cow or a bull.