The cost of sacrificial animals for sale in Pakistan is rising as the celebration of Eid al-Adha approaches, with locals complaining the animals are now unaffordable. Ciara Lee reports.
As the Muslim festival of Eid draws near, makeshift cattle markets spring up across Pakistan. The "Festival of Sacrifice" falls on Saturday And Muslims who can afford it sacrifice their best domestic animals, usually a cow, for the occasion. Camels, goats and sheep may also be killed, depending on the region. This year many are complaining that prices have soared due to inflation across the country. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) RESIDENT SIKANDER NAWAZ SAYING: "The prices are 40 to 45 percent higher than last year, and the (animal) owners will not even listen to you." (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) RESIDENT WASEEM SIDDIQUI SAYING: "People like me are wondering: "What should I do? How can I buy this?" All you can do is to quietly walk away." In Pakistan alone nearly 10 million animals are sacrificed during the two days of Eid. At a cost of more than $3 billion. Eid al-Adha is observed by Muslims to commemorate the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to God Before God replaced Ismail with a ram to be sacrificed instead.