Mumbai Muslim organizations demand smooth arrangements of livestock market, animal sacrifice ahead of Eid Ul Adha

Source: S.O. News Service | By Sajjad Quazi | Published on 29th July 2020, 7:46 PM | National News |

Mumbai: A forum of Mumbai Muslim organizations today on Wednesday held a press conference through zoom video conferencing app, wherein they demanded for ease in certain norms ahead of the Eid Al Adha, which will be celebrated on 1st August.

Addressing the press conference, the representatives said, that the month of August begins with the festival of Eid-ul-Azha, which would be followed by Independence Day and many other festivals in quick succession. They hoped that the approaching festivals would also be celebrated in discipline and following due precautions, helping in containing the ongoing pandemic. "The decision made by the state government with regards the rites of sacrifice, and the logistical difficulties therein, have created an environment of panic and uneasiness among the masses. It is practically impossible to order goats over the phone or the internet. Hence, the government should make arrangements for small goat markets to open up in Muslim localities, which would allow the public to purchase their goats while following social distancing norms. This would also save them the effort of getting their animals transported from afar.", it said.

"Likewise, the government should make proper arrangements for the slaughter of bulls and buffaloes at the Deonar Abattoir so that this important ritual might be performed with all due precaution", it added.

They also noted that there is no ban on the import of goats; but the restrictions placed by the government are causing difficulties in doing so. Trucks carrying the animals are lying stranded on the highways, causing distress to both- the animals and their caretakers. Hence, demanded that in view of the upcoming festival, the government should offer some relaxations and concessions in the rules related to the transport of these animals. They said that it would not increase the risk of infection; it would only make it convenient for the people to purchase the sacrificial goats for Eid-ul-Azha. While the Muslims would perform their religious rituals by sacrificing the goats, it would also help support the falling economy, benefiting all sections of society.

The forum also appealed the Muslims who plan to offer sacrifice that they should avoid crowding at all times and places, right from the purchase of goats to the distribution of the sacrificial meat, and pay meticulous attention to cleanliness and public hygiene. 

At the end, it was unanimously decided to meet CM on urgent basis  to resolve these issues before Eid.

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