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6,000 sacrificial animals have reached the Sohrab Goth market, where animals, including cows, sheep, and goats, are sold for the Eid-al-Adha.

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The Sohrab Goth market is considered to be the biggest cattle market in Asia and spreads over 800 acres, and consists of 26 blocks. Animal vendors from across the country come to sell their animals there in preparation for Eid-al-Adha, in which millions of animals are sacrificed. This year, the number of sheep and goats was higher than any other year, The News reported. The market is dangerous because of how easily all of the animals can become ill. There have been numerous incidents of illnesses among the animals, including the flu, foot and mouth diseases, and the Congo virus.

At the market, there is a VIP block that is “particularly decorated for the display of the finest sacrificial animals from across Pakistan,” Administrator Sohrab Goth cattle market Muzaffar Hassan said. The Sindh police chief has ordered a plan to make all animal markets equipt with better security measures, action against illegal set-ups, and improved health safety. However, the slaughter of these millions of animals is incredibly sad.

Muslims traditionally slaughter animals such as sheep, goats, buffalo, cattle, and camels on a sacred day to commemorate the mercy of Allah, who spared Prophet Ibrahim from having to kill his son, Ishmael. Muslims around the world gather on Eid al-Adha to sacrifice their livestock.

Muslim Rashtriya Manch, a Muslim group in Andwah, India, did not want to participate in the slaughter anymore and decided to do away with the goat sacrifice and celebrate a “blood-free Eid”.

Although this Muslim group’s decision may seem small in scale, it has the power to spread a great message. Raees Khan, one of the leaders of the ceremony, told Indian Express that the gesture was a message to society that this festival is capable of more compassion than it has exhibited in the past. Co-leader, Hasan Kausar, seconded Khan’s thoughts saying,

“Bakr-Eid can be celebrated also by cutting a cake just like people celebrate birth anniversaries. The Bakr-Eid festival spreads a message of humanity.” We hope that other groups who celebrate Eid will be inspired by this story of mercy and empathy and be encouraged to do the same at their festivals next year.

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