Amid horror of coronavirus which continues to haunt, scores of people tried online sacrifice services this Eid ul Adha which turned out to be the worst nightmare for them as it not only inflicted financial loss but emotional distress too.
The government had also been pushing for using online services offering to deliver meat at your doorstep in a bid to contain spread of COVID-19. However, inexperience and overbooking killed all the hopes as a large number of companies failed to meet the target leaving the customers complaining about different issues.
Some faced issue of late delivery, some received rotten meat, which had to be thrown away, a large number of people were refunded their money in the eleventh hour and many others are still fighting to get back the money they had transferred to bank accounts of the companies.
People took to social media to raise their voices against the companies which ultimately hurt their religious sentiments. Netizens have shared and reshared pictures and videos related to the orders placed by customers to online services and the unfavourable circumstances that they faced resultantly.
Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Shallwani, who had earlier asked the citizens to order their sacrifices through the online services and asked multiple welfare organisations to make arrangements in this regard, has now assured to take action against the corporations which failed to deliver orders.
The News has quoted him asking people to register their complaints at his office about their bad experience with the online services related to sacrificial animals.
Laal Meat and Meat Masters are two such names among several online services which bungled their orders.
How many animals sacrificed this year on Eid?
Purchase of sacrificial animals in Pakistan dropped by 25.9 percent this year on Eid ul Adha because of inflation, weak purchasing power, unemployment and coronavirus.
According to the report, 2 million cattle, 3.14 million goats, 0.8 million sheep, and 60, 000 camels were slaughtered this Eid. While rate of skins of animals were slashed up to 50 percent.
Animals worth about Rs242 billion were bought last year, while this year Rs174 were spent on purchasing sacrificial animals.
Former chairman of Pakistan Tanneries Association Agha Syeddain said 6 million animals were sacrificed this year across the country, which was 2.1 million less than the number of animals sacrificed last year – 8.1 million.
He said last year 3 million cattle, 4 million goats, 1 million sheep and 0.1 million camels were slaughtered.