Tech-savvy Muslims can avoid the congested Deonar abattoir this Bakri Eid, for goats are now being sold on e-tailing websites such as Quikr and OLX.
From ‘beautiful and very honest’ goats to those fed with‘100% organic grass’, the devout is spoilt for choice. Hundreds of classified advertisements have been posted with photos of the breeds and details such as age, weight, height and the vaccination and deworming status.
While some traders ask the buyer to ‘check’ the animal, others have offered discounts and free home delivery, if the goats are booked before a certain date.
Ali Jawad Moontasir from Byculla has nine goats, including the sought after Kotha and Etawa breeds. Moontasir said he put up the online ad after he saw similar ones last year. “I liked the idea. The exotic breeds cost anywhere between Rs. 1 lakh and Rs. 5 lakh, so we can’t keep them in the diseaseprone Deonar abattoir, where hundreds of animals die of illness,” said Moontasir, adding that the date of the festival shifts ahead by around 10 days every year, bringing it closer to the monsoon.
“Many animals fall prey to rainrelated diseases at the abattoir.”
A Borivli trader, who chose to be identified only as Raza, said he took to the virtual market as it does away with the middleman.
“The deal is going to be hasslefree. Buyers are more specific as they will travel to the trader. There is also less bargaining involved,” Raza said.
Around three lakh goats are brought to the city’s Deonar abattoir for the festival every year, from states such as Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, said Aslam Qureshi, president of the All India Sheep and Goat Breeders and Dealers Association.
“But, traders have started selling goats through their farms, as the abattoir is in poor condition. It’s difficult to say when, but the e-market for goats is set to get a boost soon.”
Although just around 2,000 goats are up for sale online, traders said the trend will pick up in a big way in the next few years.