ISLAMABAD  – Butchers in twin cities of Islamabad Rawalpindi have started the preparations to increase slaughter rates on the advent of Eid-ul-Azha.

Butchers who are running their shops in different areas of twin cities have decided to increase their rates for slaughtering a goat from Rs 3,000 to Rs 7,000 for slaughtering a goat.

In the present days of price hike and inflation the trend for collective sacrifice is on rise, and the butchers are receiving a large number of advance bookings for slaughtering.

Mohsin Ali resident of F-6 while talking to this agency said that the butchers are all set to fleece the citizens who want to get their sacrificial animals slaughtered on Eid-ul-Azha.

Last year butchers charged Rs 2000 to Rs 3,000 for slaughtering a goat or a sheep; this year they are asking for Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000, according to an informal survey conducted by APP.

For slaughtering a bull they used to charge Rs 6,000 to 7,000; this year they have increased it to Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 depending on size and weight.

A butcher at Sitara Market said they increased slaughter rates with the increase in prices of the animals.

He added that if people can afford expensive animals, they could also afford to pay more for slaughtering.

Shakeel Abbasi, who is running his shop in G-7, said, throughout the year we wait for this day. He said they use the income they generate on Eid to pay for their children’s fees, home rent and other costs.

The rates are in line with inflation, he added.

Pakistan Butchers Welfare Association Official said, “it is the right of butchers to demand these rates.” He added that this is the only day in the year when all professional butchers come out on the streets to slaughter animals and earn money, charging according to inflation, which is their right.