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For many people, the highlight of the days leading up to Bakra Eid is visiting animal markets to find just the right sacrificial animal. Larger animal markets, which provide greater variety – in terms of the breeds and better prices – are usually located on the outskirts of the cities. As a result, transporting sacrificial animals from the market to your home can be a time-consuming and costly process.
The types of vehicles usually used to transport animals include:
Rickshaws. This is a viable option if you have a single goat or sheep to transport. Although rickshaws may not be the safest option they are the most cost-effective one.
Rental range: Rs 500-1,500Light-weight commercial pick-ups. These can transport anywhere between five to seven goats/sheep or one cow.
Rental range: Rs 2,000-3,500 (Karachi); Rs 1,500-3,000 (Lahore); and Rs 3,000-4,500 (Islamabad).
Mid-size trucks. These are ideal for transporting three to four bulls, camels or cows.
Rental range: Rs 3,000-5,500 (Karachi); Rs 2,500-4,000 (Lahore); and Rs 4,000-6,500 (Islamabad).
To ensure the most economical and hassle-free experience, pre-book a vehicle by making an advance payment of five to 10% of the total transportation cost as early as possible, since rentals usually spike as Bakra Eid draws near. You can find a transportation company by browsing through newspaper and/or online classifieds.
If all else fails, keep in mind that transport service providers usually set up booking stalls near most large animal markets throughout Pakistan. You can book a vehicle there on the spot, but remember the prices tend to be 15 to 20% higher than those mentioned above.
No matter which method you use, ensure that the animal you are transporting is comfortable during the journey. After all, a major part of the spirit of Bakra Eid is treating animals with kindness.
– Mohommad Ali Khwaja