Safe Disposal of Sacrificial Animals

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With the celebration of Eidul Azha, safe disposal of sacrificial animals offal and remains as the carcasses arise questions towards hygiene in urban areas especially in Karachi and Rawalpindi. Usually in most of the cities, people do slaughter their animals and remains are left in the street and roads, unless the local government authority move and clean it. Recently, local government system has deteriorated and not actively being implemented. However, before Eid, The Solid Waste Company, Cantonment Board Rawalpindi, Chaklala and tehsil council finalised the plan for offal disposal of Eidul Azha. Under the sanitation plan, temporary sanitary workers will be recruited for four days of Eid and paid in cash. The cleaning teams will be provided rickshaws, large pick-ups, wheelbarrows to take away offal.

While municipal organisations are not to be exempted from responsibility, people must also be answerable towards civic sense. For example, after the sacrifice on roadsides or outside homes, the least people can do is to make an effort and dump the entrails in designated areas where municipal authorities can easily dispose it away. Perhaps the most ideal option would be to slaughter animals in designated locations, helping ensure a hygienic and mess-free sacrifice.

The State as well as religious and community leaders must encourage this trend through Eid sermons. Alarming situations develop when people dump the remains of sacrificial animals near Pakistan Air Forces (PAF) bases, thus attracting large numbers of birds, making them a potential hazard to the PAF aircraft and aircrew, especially during take-off and landing.  Such concentration of birds can strike and cause emergency situations by damaging aircrafts besides causing loss of precious lives and property on ground. People are purged to pack the animals’ offal and leftovers in garbage bags and bury them at the provided designated places.

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