Overcrowding, unhygienic conditions in the temporary sheds and lack of facilities are posing major problems to the sellers of thousands of sheeps and goats gathered at the Deonar abattoir for the Bakra Eid, claim the dealers’ association.
Eid is slated to be celebrated on Friday, depending on the sighting of the moon.
Aslam Qureshi, president, All India Sheep and Goat Breeders and Dealers Association, said that the sellers who come from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and other states are having a tough time owing to the lack of proper conditions.
“Ever since the permanent shed was demolished in 2005, dealers coming from other states are forced to live in unhygienic conditions. Though temporary sheds have been given, it provides for only 20% of the 30,000 sellers,” he said.
This year, more than 1.81 lakh goats have been brought to the venue, of which 1.9 lakh have been sold to families who will sacrifice the animals at the abattoir for Eid. The Kashmiri breeds were sold for the highest price this year, with one animal being bought for Rs3 lakh and another for Rs2 lakh.
Authorities claimed that the necessary facilities have been made available at the abattoir.
“We have given enough temporary sheds at the venue and have also been providing four tankers, each carrying 10,000 litres of water, daily. We have also arranged for an ambulance at the venue,” said Pramod Dethe, general manager, Deonar abattoir.
Animal activists have raised concerns over the overcrowding at the abattoir. “Illegal overcrowding at the abattoir often results in trauma for animals. It is important that the authorities keep a check on the number of animals being brought here. Overcrowding often leads to injuries and ailments for animals,” said Sunish Subramaniam, Plants and Animal Welfare Society.