LAHORE - The City is witnessing sluggish trend in the buying of sacrificial animals owing to the peoples interest in outstation buying and switching over to online Bakra Mandi. The big cut in the number of sale points is another reason behind the slow trend of buying sacrificial animals in the City. Restrictions imposed by CDGL on the free movement of animals in the residential areas and City roads are also affecting the buying hustle and bustle. In the wake of high prices of sacrificial animals, a large number of people have targeted the neighbouring cities to buy goats, cows and camels on affordable prices. Though the trend to purchase animals from other cities is not a new phenomenon, it could not gain popularity due to travelling and transportation hardships. However, this year unaffordable prices of animals and spiraling inflation have compelled the people to move towards City outskirts and other cities. Adjoining villages are the major spots in this regard. Friends and relatives living outside the City have been extending their services to help their dear ones to buy healthy and affordable animals. The salaried class is also prone to join the trend as it believes that villagers have sharp eye to find healthy animals. The difference of Rs 4,000 to Rs 8,000 in buying a goat, cow and camel each from outstation is the real allurement. After paying transportation charges, which is not more than Rs 800 to Rs 1,500 depending upon the distance, buyers enjoy the saving benefit. However, if more than two people hire the vehicle in this regard, charges are shared giving more advantage to the customers. A survey revealed that in the neighbouring cities and adjoining villages, a goat is available at Rs 7,000 to Rs 10,000. The price of a well-built cow stands at Rs 30,000, 40,000 and 60,000 as per its weight. A camel is being sold out at Rs 45,000 to Rs 55,000 depending upon its size and weight. However, the prices of sacrificial animals in different localities of the City including the Expo Centre (Johar Town), Shahpur Kanjaran, Ghaziaabad Bus Stop, Herbanspura, Saggian Bridge, Peco Road, China Scheme (Shalimar Town), Hamdard Chowk (Township), Daroghawala, Manawan, Baboo Sabu and Bakkar Mandi are very high. Sellers are demanding Rs 11,000 and Rs 13, 000 for a 14 to 17 kg goat. While a well-built goat of 20 to 25kg is available at Rs 16,000 to Rs 22,000. A goat of 30 kg or more is being sold out at Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000. A reasonable cow price stands at Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 while Rs 60,000 to Rs 90,000 is being demanded for a 40 to 60 kg cow depending upon its size and other qualities. Another reason behind the high prices, the survey manifested, is decline in the number of sale points of sacrificial animals in the City. The CDGL has designated 10 spots for the sale of sacrificial animals including Kot Kamboh, Bakar Mandi, Expo Center, Johar Town, Match Factory, Shahdara, China Scheme, main road both sides from Daroghawala Chowk to Manawan and GT Road. However, some years back the CDGL designated 29 sale points in nine towns. Herdsmen while talking to The Nation on Tuesday blamed the authority concerned for slow sale and purchase of sacrificial animals that had imposed restrictions on the free movement of animals in the residential areas and City roads. Online buying of the sacrificial animals has also affected the sale of animals at the designated spots. The survey disclosed that hundreds of people in the last couple of days had contacted online Bakra Mandi especially in the City. These online companies are being managed by different chains of big stores that are operating through their offices and relevant staff. It his much busy these days in receiving orders and supplying animals to the customers at their doorsteps. Likewise, some websites are also offering the expatriates the option of viewing the sacrificial animals on their website. These websites say they will dedicate an IP address and people can watch the sacrifice no matter which country they are in. The idea of purchasing sacrificial animals through the Internet was introduced in the country a couple of years back. People welcome the development, saying when companies and individuals are selling all kind of stuff on the Internet, why not sacrificial animals. The survey further revealed that various factors had contributed to the high prices of sacrificial animals including lack of animal farming and animal husbandry, smuggling of animals to the neighbouring countries and export of livestock. Inflation rate, increase in cost of inputs and transportation charges are also some of the reasons of animals high prices.