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No harm in sacrificing animals on Eid if SOPs are followed: DAK

File photo of DAK president Dr Suhail Naik

Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Saturday said that there is no harm in sacrificing animals on Eid-al-Adha if Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s), in view of COVID-19, are followed and appealed people to follow health and safety guidelines strictly.

President DAK, Dr Suhail Naik said that on Eid-al-Adha, there is no scientific evidence that suggests that sacrifice of animals will in any way be harmful if protocols and advises are properly followed.


“It is the responsibility of administration to ensure availability of sacrificial animals at genuine rates at Mohalla and Colony levels, so that people can purchase them near their residences without any overcrowding.

“Such steps will guarantee the implementation of precautionary and preventive measures by the populace and will negate the scope of overcrowding at livestock markets,” he said.

He advised people to wear masks and maintain physical and social distancing while purchasing and sacrificial animals.

“People are advised to sacrifice animals in their lawns particularly by a family member and if that isn’t possible, then the least number of persons may be involved in sacrificing but they should maintain social distance with all precautions,” said Naik.

Distribution of meat to neighbours, poor people or orphan houses should be done following the protocols by wearing a mask, hand-washing and physical distancing.

“It is necessary to avoid visiting neighbours and relatives and we must reverse quarantine our pregnant women, elderly and those with chronic diseases who are most vulnerable to Covid-19,” he said.