LAHORE - Illegal slaughtering of animals is on rise in the City due to poor monitoring system of Livestock Department and by taking advantage of it mostly butchers are slaughtering animals in private slaughter houses, TheNation has learnt. It was also was learnt that most butchers were selling unstamped and unhygienic meat at their shops across the City in violation of relevant laws particularly after the closure of numerous slaughter houses of the City District Government Lahore (CDGL). Further, some butchers dealing in red meat are selling the meat of sick and even dead animals because of the poor monitoring system of the authorities concerned. However, it rarely happened that any team of CDG conducted raids to check quality of meat. Earlier, the government had set a rule for the butchers, who were bound to slaughter their animals in the government's slaughter houses and could not sale meat without the clearance certificate from the team of health experts comprising of veterinary doctors available in all the slaughter houses of the City. The medical team was authorised to stamp the meat after complete medical examination of the animals. Therefore, the butchers were not allowed to sale unstamped meat at their shops because unstamped meat is considered as unhygienic. However, only one slaughter house at Shahpur Kanjran at Multan Road, under the control of Livestock Department of CDG, is regularly functioning while the remaining slaughter houses including Baghbanpura and Bakar Mandi have become defunct since long. Whereas, closure of these slaughter houses although caused problems for some honest butchers who were running their shops in nearby localities or surrounding bazaars and now they have to go for slaughtering their animals at distant slaughter house of Shahpur Kanjran, which put additional burden on them. On the other hand, it encouraged most of the butchers who used to purchase sick animals. However, some butchers complained the authorities concerned that newly establish slaughter house at Shahpur Kanjran was far away from most of the populated localities, major business centres and markets situated in central City, which is very painful for them particularly for those butchers who used to live in far flung areas. They proposed the authorities to reopen such slaughter houses, which were shutdown without any solid reason so that the butcher community could sale stamped meat in their concerned areas. They said that it was the only solution to control the sale of meat of dead and sick animals. The insiders of the Livestock Department informed this scribe that the lands of defunct slaughter houses, worth millions of rupees, have illegally been occupied by some land grabbers in connivance with some officials of the department and the authorities seemed helpless in this regard because the land grabbers were very influential persons. When this scribe tried to contact District Officer Livestock Dr Ramzan, he was not available for his version. Meanwhile, this scribe repeatedly tried to contact District Coordination Officer Ahad Cheema for his version but he was also busy in some meeting.