LAHORE - More than 228,000 people visited the wildlife parks and zoos of Lahore during Eid-ul-Azha holidays, top wildlife official said yesterday, providing an income of Rs1.5 million to the department.

Punjab Wildlife and Parks Director General Khalid Ayaz Khan said that special security arrangements were made for the visitors and all security personnel did a tremendous job in discharging their duties. “More than 228,000 people visited the wildlife parks and zoos of the province including Lahore Zoo and Lahore Safari Zoo, and enjoyed the recreational facilities,” Khan said. He added that Punjab wildlife department would continue its mission to provide affordable and healthy facilities to the masses especially children.

He also said that the department was striving hard to procure more new animals and birds and soon new arrivals would be added in Lahore Zoo and Lahore Safari Zoo. “A comprehensive strategy has been evolved, and there will soon be a record increase in number of visitors.”

2.7 pc more animals sacrificed this year

An estimate says 2.7 percent more animals were sacrificed this Eidul Azha than the last year, while the proceeds to hide sellers remained from Rs 5 to 6 billion.

According to Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA), 7.5 million animals were sacrificed during Eid ul Azha in comparison to last year’s 7.3 million sacrificial animals. This year 200,000 more animals were slaughtered in comparison to last year.

According to association, 2.7 million cows, 4 million goats, 0.8 million sheep and 30,000 camels were slaughtered.

The price of sacrificial animal hides remained Rs1,500 for cow and calf, Rs250 for goat hide and sheep hide for Rs80 to 100. While camel hide were sold at Rs800 to 1,000.

27 ARRESTED; 342 HIDES CONFISCATED

The City District Government Lahore uprooted 49 camps, confiscated 342 hides of sacrificial animals and lodged 14 FIRs and arrested 27 persons involved in illegally collecting hide in metropolis during three days of Eidul Azha.

Town administrators along with special squads of city government on directions of DCO Lahore Muhammad Usman remained vigilant during Eid days, and arrested those involved in violating Section 144 imposed by the city government on those collecting hides without having NOC.

According to a district government spokesman, 50 people were arrested for burning animals’ heads and feet other than approved points by CDGL.

The DCO, after offering Eid prayer, also reviewed the dengue awareness campaign in Miani Sahib graveyard and distributed sweets among workers on duty. He visited Fountain House and distributed sweets and gifts among special person reside there.

He also monitored the waste collection process from the city on second day of Eidul Azha.